Keynote Speakers

Yolanda Gampel

Sackler Medical School, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Yolanda Gampel, Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology and Program of Advanced Psychotherapy, Sackler Medical School, Tel-Aviv University; Invited associated professor to l’Université de Paris Nanterre de 1985-1987 et à l’Université Lumière II Lyon 2000-2001, training analyst, and past president (1989–1991) of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; vice-president, European Federation of Psychoanalysis (2001–2005); representative for Europe, board of the International Psychoanalytic Association (2007–2011); recipient of the Hayman International Prize for Published Work Pertaining to Traumatized Children and Adults, 2001 and the Mary S. Sigourney Award, 2006 She published many papers in various psychoanalytic journals in English, French , Spanish and German and she has also contributed chapters to several books on effects of social political violence in children, the analyst, and the psychoanalytic process ,She us also published on Child and Adolescent Analysis. A book “Ces Parents qui vivent a travers moi. Les enfants de guerres,” Was published in French by Fayard and translated in four languages

Armin Nassehi

University of Munich, Germany

Armin Nassehi, Prof. Dr. phil., Dipl.-Päd.; born 1960 in Tübingen, Germany, raised in Tübingen, Munich, Teheran/Iran, Gelsenkirchen.

Studies in Sociology, Philosophy, Pedagogics; 1985 degree (Diploma) in education; 1992 PhD and 1994 habilitation in sociology. 1989-1994 lecturer and assistant Professor, 1994-1998 Professor of Sociology at the University of Münster/Germany; since 1998 Chair of Socioloy at the University of Munich; since 2012 member oft he Research Institute of Philosophy Hannover.

2005-2009 Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Social Science; since 2009 senator of the University of Munich and member of the University Council.

Fields of research and teaching: Social Theory; Theory of modernity and modern society; sociology of culture, political sociology, migration.

Author of about 20 books and more than 150 contributions to books and journals.

Lots of interviews and contributions in newspapers, radio broadcasting, and TV.

Since 2012 editor of the „Kursbuch“, in 1965 founded journal of culture and politics.

Complete list of publications available under

Since 2001 working as management consultant and keynote speaker in business companies, government departments, cultural institutions, and trade associations.

Armin Nassehi photo is taken by Hans-Günther Kaufman

Lene Auestad

University of Oslo, Norway

Lene Auestad is an author and a philosopher from the University of Oslo. She has written on the themes of prejudice, social exclusion and minority rights, and has contributed to public debates on hate speech. The book Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice (2015) combined critical theory with psychoanalysis and psychosocial studies, examining the underlying unconscious forces and structures that make up the phenomena of xenophobia, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and sexism. It provides a nuanced, detailed overview of how social prejudices, and the discrimination and violence that often tend to accompany the latter, come into being. Auestad (2014) has written persuasively about the rise of nationalism in European countries, both in terms of its expression in extreme far-right groups and in the context of everyday political language and policy. She founded and runs the international and interdisciplinary conference series Psychoanalysis and Politics.

Rudy Lucas

Private practice, US

Rudy Lucas, LCSW, CASAC is a psychotherapist in private practice in Greenwich Village. He has offered extensive training to professional organizations about racial dynamics in psychotherapy with particular focus on colorism. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society.  He has co-facilitated three day trainings for group therapists in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2010, 2011, 2012.



Caron Foundation Education Excellence category, 2013

Interviewed about participation in 1963 March On Washington for Eastern Group 

Psychotherapy Society video version of monthly  newsletter, 2013

Lifetime Achievement Award Employment Program Recovering Alcoholics, 2012

External EAP at 911 sites, including Deutsche Bank, Dean Witter, Ceridian Life Works, First Advantage Workplace Services, 2001

Provided C.I.S.D. briefing to 9/11/01 volunteers dispatched to NYC Fire Houses

Preferred Provider: treatment facilities, Department of Motor Vehicle, NYS Impaired Driver Program

Participated in first historic Pan-African sports and entertainment events including Muhammad Ali title defenses: Rumble In The JungleThrilla In Manilla

Co-lead workshops/trainings on Group Therapy dynamics in St Petersburg Russia for medical professionals on three occasions over past four years

Cofacilatedd numerous workshops on racism for NYC psychotherapists.