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The Fascist Turn: Race and Gender in Totalitarian Regimes


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Full course description

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 | 7:00-8:30 PM (ET) | Virtual Lecture


This event is free to the public, please use the promotional code GRANDCHOKSI24 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. As per the credentialing bodies, we can only grant CEs for synchronous attendance of events (online or in-person). Please pay and register for the lecture, so that we may keep track of your attendance. Your CE registration status may not be changed after the event.


As citizens, individuals face a global turn towards fascism. How do individuals understand the popular appeal of fascism? How do they empower their resistance? In this meeting, Dr. Sue Grand and Dr. Komal Choksi will apply a social-psychoanalytic lens to these questions. In particular, the deep psycho-social structure of totalitarian splitting will be explored. They will argue that race and gender are the bedrock to that structure. The racing and gendering of fascism: these themes will be linked to neoliberalism, to wealth concentration, social alienation, colonial legacies, and the decay of liberal democracy. Dr. Grand and Dr. Choksi will link these issues to gun culture and Christian nationalism and will argue that fascism has always been within the United States -- in myriad ways, largely obscured, forgotten, and invisible to whiteness.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the long, invisible history of U.S. totalitarianism through an exploration of key events and developments.
  2. Describe the raced bedrock underlying the contemporary neo-fascist turn in the U.S. to enhance participants' familiarity with its origins and implications.
  3. Explain the foundational role of race and gender in totalitarian regimes to deepen participants' understanding of their interconnected dynamics.

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.  This lecture is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm (ET). 

CE Sponsorship: 

Participants must attend the lecture in full and complete the post-event survey to be eligible to receive CEs. This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed below.

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from the University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

This program has been approved for 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approval Program Authorization Number D9235211.

Fees & Policies:

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes January 24 at 7pm. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you need to request an accommodation or ask a question about accessibility, please contact

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website

Conflict of Interest Notification

A potential conflict of interest, commercial support, and/or commercial interest applies to sponsoring organizations, the presenter, and the content of the presentation. Participants are advised that the presenter's books are listed on the promotional materials and will be referenced in the professional development. Thus, there are potential biases inherent in accepting inducements that might affect the selection of texts, the use of particular tests, and/or sponsorship of CE courses. During this program, Dr. Sue Grand and Dr. Komal Choski will discuss the utility/validity of the content/approach offered as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common (and severe) risks, if any exist.