Assisi Vision Lectures presentations given by renowned faculty from around the world 2020
Since its inception in 1989, The Assisi Institute remains a pioneer in the interdisciplinary investigations regarding the confluence of matter and spirit and the inexorable relationship between Psyche, Soul and Matter. Each conference brings together world leaders from diverse professional backgrounds to advance our understanding of the presence and influence of psyche and archetypes in the personal and collective experience. The Assisi Vision Seminars continue in this tradition of inviting internationally acclaimed pioneers from Jungian Psychology and related fields to present their work on Psyche, Symbol, and Archetype. Offering the first of this year’s Vision Lecture is Dr. Susannah Herschel. A leader in the field of Judaic studies, author, and daughter of the late Rabbi Joshua Heschel, her work brings us into that domain that unites religion to genuine spirituality. This first lecture is offered as a complimentary event to our community. Upcoming Vision lectures include the work of:
Suzanne Cremen, Ph.D. Founder, Life Artistry Centre Australia
Jennifer Selig, Ph.D. Pacifica Graduate Institute, Core Faculty USA
We sincerely hope that you will join us and will feel the excitement and meaning inherent in this work and the profound contributions of our presenters.
Lecture 1: Complimentary Susannah Heschel United States Tuesday February 25th 8pm-9:30pm EST
Intimacy and the Veil: God, Revelation and Desire in Jewish Tradition
This seminar will look at biblical descriptions of divine revelation and the veiling or covering of the eyes that occurs in those moments. The desire to see God, expressed in the Bible, and God’s command to avert the eyes, will be explored in commentaries, with comparisons with Christian and Islamic views of veiling. The veil as a metaphor for religious experience and in actual practice by religious women today will be explored from a variety of perspectives: who controls the gaze, especially of women? Does the veil interrupt participation in society or foster greater intimacy?
Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on the history of Jewish and Protestant religious thought in Germany during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and she has brought post-colonial theory and feminist theory to her analyses. She is the author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany as well as edited volumes, including Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism and Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust. She is the author of over one hundred articles and she has also edited two volumes of her father’s writings, including Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel. She has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Cape Town, Frankfurt, Edinburgh, and Princeton, and has held research grants from the Ford Foundation, a fellowship in Islamic Studies from the Carnegie Foundation, a year-long Rockefeller fellowship at the National Humanities Center, and a year-long fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2013, she became a Guggenheim Fellow. Her current research focuses on the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam, and she just published her first book on that topic, in German, Jüdischer Islam: Islam und jüdisch-deutsche Selbstbestimmung. She has also just published a co-edited volume with Umar Ryad, The Muslim Reception of European Orientalism.
If you would like to join us by the fire for the rest of the series, a one time payment of $50 will save you a seat at all three of the following lectures. If you would only like to attend one specific lecture in the series, stand alone lectures are $25 each.
Eduardo Carvallo, M.Dis a psychiatrist (Central University of Venezuela, 1990) and a Jungian analyst (IAAP, 2001). His analysis was conducted by Rafael López-Pedraza - one of the founders of the Archetypal Psychology - with whom he maintained spaces for the interchange of ideas and reflection about archetypal patterns for more than 15 years. Eduardo has been involved in the Training program for becoming Jungian Analysts of the IAAP, as analyst and supervisor of the candidates and routers of Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador. He has also participated in supervision processes with analysts and candidates/routers of Argentina, Chile, Panama, Spain, and the USA. This experience has allowed him to move deeply into different cultural dynamics. He has published many articles in different Jungian journals about clinical, cultural and political issues from the Jungian perspective. He finished the APA program at the Assisi Institute in 2017 and has become an active contributor to the different activities of the Assisi family since then. Nowadays he is the president of the Colombian Society of Jungian Analysts and the elected president of the Latin American Committee for Analytical Psychology and currently serves in the Ethics Committee of the IAAP. He is invited frequently as a speaker for international conferences and maintains a regular academic activity through on-line seminars and workshops. Since 2011 after leaving his home country, Venezuela, he maintains a private practice in Bogotá, Colombia.
Lecture 3: The Soul of Australia and the Archetypal Roots of Cultural Complexes Suzanne Cremen Australia
Wednesday September 16th 8pm-9:30pm EST
The burning of Australia made global headlines in 2020, with climate-change fueled fires incinerating over 1.25 billion animals in an area exceeding that of the California and Amazon wildfires combined. “Australia Shows Us the Road to Hell” wrote the New York Times, responding to images of scorched koalas and blood-red skies. It added that “the political reaction is scarier than the fires.” Understanding the archetypal basis of a culture’s psyche is vital for those called to lead or be change agents in a society. Jung understood that the psyche is not just interior but also collective and social, and that archetypes “belong as much to society as to the individual”. The complexes from which we suffer today may also derive from our cultural wounds and traumas, even when their origins are unconscious. Working effectively with these autonomous complexes requires recognition and appreciation of theirarchetypal core. In this lecture, Dr Suzanne Cremen draws on rich imagery and research to discuss and lay out the web of interactive symptoms and complexes in the Australian psyche. She identifies the Orphan archetype at the core of Australia’s cultural complexes, traceable through numerous aspects of art, culture, politics, landscape and history - and the necessity of moving towards an imaginal, archetypal perspective to release its redemptive potential.
Dr Suzanne Cremenis the author of From Career to Calling: A depth psychology guide to soul-making work in darkening times (Routledge 2020). She is founder of the Life Artistry Centre for Archetype, Imagination and Vocation (Australia), where she teaches and consults, and serves on the faculty of the Pacifica Graduate Institute (California) where she teaches a course on the depth psychology of vocation. She holds a PhD, two Masters degrees from Pacifica (in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, and Engaged Humanities and Mythological Studies) as well as degrees in Law and Arts. A native of Sydney, her background includes working as a lawyer, conference producer, screenwriter, publisher and holistic career counsellor for adults in midlife. Dr Cremen’s research is published in international peer-reviewed journals. She has chaired symposia and spoken on the applications of archetypal psychology at major international conferences, including in New York, Canada and Australia. She is a past president and honorary life member of the CG Jung Society of Queensland, and an advocate for the therapeutic power of the arts and the archetypal imagination in transforming and healing the cultural psyche.
Lecture 4: The Unfinished Mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jennifer Selig United States
Tuesday November 10th 8pm-9:30pm EST
Jennifer Selig, Ph.D.earned her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of California at Davis a Master's degree in Multicultural Literature from California State University in Sacramento, and a PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. At Pacifica, she poured all her creative energy and passion for education into her work as the designer and the founding chair of the innovative Master's degree program in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life, and a PhD program in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. After leaving her faculty position there in 2018, her 30th year of teaching, she calls herself a "traveling educator," teaching courses and offering workshops in deep memoir and deep vocation, drawing upon the principles of deep creativity as expounded in her co-authored book, Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit. She also began her own boutique publishing company, Mandorla Books, which now has 22 titles in print.
This complementary lecture and lecture series is brought to you by Dr. Michael Conforti of the Assisi Institute.
Dr. Michael Conforti is a Jungian analyst and the Founder and Director of the Assisi Institute. He is a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute - Boston, the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master's Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England. A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He has presented his work to a wide range of national and international audiences, including the C.G. Jung Institute - Zurich and Jungian organizations in Australia Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Cyprus, Italy, Russia and Venezuela. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche (2002). His articles have appeared in Psychological Perspectives,San Francisco Jung Library Journal, Roundtable Press, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, and Spring Journal, and his books has been translated into Italian, Russian and a soon to be released Spanish edition of his work.