Sunday, March 10, 2019
9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center, Room 203

Why Does Patriarchy Persist? Psychoanalytic perspectives in the Time of Trump and #MeToo

4.5 CEU Credits



The election of an unabashedly patriarchal man as US President despite decades of activism on gender inequalities and equal rights was a shock for many. What is it about patriarchy that seems to make it so resilient and resistant to change?

In their highly original and persuasively argued book Why does patriarchy persist? Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider argue that patriarchy persists not only because those in positions of power are unwilling to give up their privilege but also because it serves a psychological function. By requiring us to sacrifice love for the sake of hierarchy, patriarchy protects us from the vulnerability of loving and becomes a defense against loss. Differentiating healthy loss responses (protest and repair) from pathological defenses (despair and detachment—the turning away from love as defense against further loss) Gilligan and Snider shed light on the precise mechanism by which patriarchy ensures its persistence. Through interviews, research and personal narratives they show how patriarchal gender codes shame protest and thus subvert the capacity for repair, setting us on a path to despair and detachment; the defensive sacrifice of connection which allows for the preservation of hierarchy. Uncovering the powerful psychological mechanisms that underpin patriarchy, Gilligan and Snider demonstrate how forces beyond our awareness may be driving a politics that otherwise seems inexplicable.

Both morning and afternoon presentations will be followed by audience discussions that will address the implications of these ideas for psychoanalytic theory and practice.

  • Can psychoanalysis in its liberatory impulse encourage a healthy resistance to patriarchy’s persistence?
  • Do the structures of patriarchy play out clinically in the analyst-patient relationship and with respect to termination?  
  • Can moves from healthy protest to despair and detachment be tracked in the clinical situation and how can the anger of hope be distinguished from the anger of despair?


Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan, Ph.D.

Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. is a writer, activist, University Professor at New York University, and the author of In a Different Voice, “the little book that started a revolution.”  As a member of the Harvard faculty for over 30 years, she held the university’s first chair in Gender Studies. In 1996, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans. Her books include The Birth of Pleasure (2002), Kyra: A Novel (2008) and Joining the Resistance (2011) as well as most recently, Darkness Now Visible: Patriarchy’s Resurgence and Feminist Resistance (2018) with David Richards and The Crisis of Connection (2018), with Niobe Way, Pedro Noguera, and Alisha Ali. With her graduate students at NYU, she founded the Radical Listening Project.

Naomi Snider

Naomi Snider, LL. M.

Naomi Snider, LL. M. is a research fellow at NYU, co-founder of NYU’s Radical Listening Project and a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. Prior to embarking on psychoanalytic training Naomi worked as a lawyer in both the corporate and public interest sectors. She holds law degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto and NYU.


Estelle Rapoport, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, certified psychoanalyst and faculty at the Postgraduate Programs of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University. She is the co-author of The Therapist’s Pregnancy: Intrusion in the Analytic Space (1986).  


Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Fee Schedule
  Early Registration by February 20, 2019 On Site
General Public $125 $150
Derner School and other Adelphi alumni and faculty  $90 $110
Current Adelphi students/candidates with ID $50 $70
Current graduate students from other universities with ID $60 $80

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Check should be endorsed to “Adelphi University” and sent to:

Kathleen Kannengeiser
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
Hy Weinberg, Room 317
One South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Registration and light breakfast
9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Part I: The book – background and discoveries
11:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Q & A/discussion
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Small group discussions and lunch
12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Part II: Implications for psychoanalysis – theory and method
2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Q & A/discussion

Credentialing Information

Registrants will receive 4.5 CE credits. Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The Adelphi University School of Social Work is a co-sponsor of this event and is recognized by the New York State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032. Participants who attend this conference will receive 4.5 CE credits. No partial credits can be offered.


For further information, please contact:

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
p – 516.877.4800