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Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., is a managing editor at OpEdNews and a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches Psychology of Race and Ethnicity and Theories of Psychotherapy.

His research and writing interests focus on race relations and restorative justice. He is a regular contributor to edited volumes on popular culture, including Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, published by BenBella and recently co-authored a book on the Russian-Jewish diaspora: Building a diaspora: Russian Jews in Israel, Germany, and the United States. An autobiographical essay of his interests in race relations and basketball is available here. His Psychology Today blog about race is called Between the Lines.

All material on this site published under his byline remains the property of Mikhail Lyubansky, copyright 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Permission is granted to repost and distribute, with proper attribution.

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       Monday, June 4, 2012
Five Mistakes Filmmakers Make in Depicting Racial Dynamics (394 views) Every so often, Hollywood produces a film about racial issues that is so honest, so truthful, so powerful that I wish every person could see it. Do The Right Thing (1989) and Crash (2005) are two good examples. These aren't perfect films. They just know how to deal with the racial themes they take on. Unfortunately, these are the exceptions rather than the rule. Here are five common mistakes filmmakers make in depicting race.

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       Sunday, June 3, 2012
Ethical Lessons from Kanazawa: Recommendations for Writers and Editors (555 views) Professional degrees give Psychologists and other scientists presumed trust and an assumption of competence, but as uncle Ben told Peter Parker when he first became Spiderman, "with great power comes great responsibility"

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       Sunday, June 3, 2012
When it comes to non-white characters in fiction, is it better to be stereotyped, tokenized, or erased? (504 views) Sure, we all want non-white and non-straight characters that are as complex and realistic as those that are white and straight, but what if writing such characters is simply not part of that particular writer's repertoire? Do we still want those writers to take their best shot (knowing they won't come up to snuff), or would we rather they just leave those "minority" groups out altogether?