The Confluence of Art and Psyche Realizing the Archetypal Nature of life Michael Conforti, Ph.D.
While our life is shaped and guided by personal choices, it may well be that these universal, innate and archetypal realities of psyche guide us more than we have ever wanted to realize. This domain of the transpersonal and archetypal is what Jung and von Franz referred to as "Natures Constants,” "The Antique Soul", and the “Spirit of the Depths.” While we are often silenced by the profundity and challenges of these archetypal mandates, so too we are often at a loss to know where to turn to see and learn about these spiritual and archetypal concerns. While earlier generations sat around the fire listening to the elders sharing stories about the various aspects of life and soul, and learning what it is that life wants of us; we now hear hushed murmurs of these eternal life lessons. However, when we turn to the world’s great literature, the fables and fairy tales that have been with us since the beginning of recorded history and in the celluloid magic of film, the archetypal stories of life’s journey are presented to us once again.
Why Myth Matters Beth Darlington, Ph.D. Max Gold
Beth Darlington, Ph.D., recently retired from many years of teaching as a professor in the English department at Vassar College, where she specialized in English Romantic poetry. That interest led to her explorations of mythology, fairy tales, and Jungian psychology. During those years she trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst and graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute of New York.
Beth practices as a psychoanalyst in Poughkeepsie, New York, and is currently the president of the training board of New York’s Jung Institute. Her research, publications, workshops, and lectures here and abroad have focused on the writing of William Wordsworth, myths, and fairy tales.
Max Gold is based in Los Angeles. He is the writer/director of feature films Beast and Silicon Beach. He also directs commercials and music videos. www.blindhummingbird.com
Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Psychotherapy and the Wizard of Oz Richard Kradin, M.D., M.S. (Chemical Physics), M.L.A.(Religion), D.T.M.&H. (London), I.A.A.P.
Dr. Richard Kradin is a psychoanalyst and pulmonologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the MGH Center for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy and a Training Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston. He has authored over 200 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, and four texts including Pathologies of the Mind: Body Interface: The Curious Domain of the Psychosomatic Disorder (Routledge 2012) Placebo Response: The Power of Unconscious Healing (Routledge 2008) and the Herald Dream (Karnac 2006). Dr. Kradin is the recipient of the Gradiva Award for the Best Paper in Psychoanalysis in 1998, The Psychosomatic Symptom: A Siren’s Song.” Dr. Kradin lectures widely on psychosomatic disorders, the placebo response, the psychology of mystical kabbalah, and dreams. In addition to his hospital based practices, he maintains a private Jungian psychoanalytic practice in Boston.
Respondent Dr. Richard Ott Director of Studies
After completing his undergraduate work at Notre Dame, Dr. Ott graduated with honors (2nd in his class) from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He then began 6 years of training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. During his plastic surgery training, he was awarded first place for research by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and wrote a review book for plastic surgeons studying for their board exams. After completing his training at Stanford, Dr. Ott and his family returned to their hometown of Ft. Lauderdale where he has practiced since 1979.
From the Globe to HBO: Archetypal Patterns in Shakespeare from Stage to Screen Maureen Gallagher Kuehler, MA
Shakespeare has written some of the worlds most celebrated plays and iconic characters. His works have transcended time and geography while demonstrating an uncanny ability to understand the best and worst of the human psyche. Traversing disparate conditions and cultures, Shakespeare invokes powerful archetypes that have resonated with modern and Renaissance audiences alike. This presentation will explore Shakespeare’s use of Archetypal patterns in his plays as translated into cinema.
Maureen Gallagher Kuehler Maureen received her BA from Catholic University before earning her MA in Shakespeare and Theater from the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham UK. As an actor and historian, Maureen understands every aspect of the stage. She has performed numerous roles in Shakespeare, including Loves Labour’s Lost (Princess of France), Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), and A Midsummer’s Nights Dream (Titania). Before studying for her MA, she also worked as a costumer for film and television, creating iconic looks for shows such as Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek, and Tank Girl. In addition to her longtime love for the theater, Maureen has a passion for living history. She is Vice President on the board of the Deacon John Grave House in Madison, Connecticut and frequently lectures on the history and construction of 18th century clothing.
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