LECTURE: This lecture takes up the challenge that the current situation in our country offers us to explore how this process of projection can inform us as we work to build bridges across lines of difference. This exploration is paired with Howard Thurman's wisdom filled voice which speaks profoundly about the need to explore one's deepest inner self in order to understand the nature of one's heart; because whatever is there will be a major informant as the person journeys through life. A people bound by inner oppressors cannot be free. Not only can they not be free, they will be forced to create outer structures to help make their inner and outer worlds congruent. We have done some of this in our country though we have fought to dismantle some of that world without as much success as we need to have in order to make life on the planet what it can be.
Dr. Catherine Meeks is the retired Clara Carter Distinguished Professor of SocioCultural Studies and Social Science from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She is a community activist whose work has been and continues to be focused upon dismantling structures of oppression and seeking paths that lead to wellness both for individuals and the community. Catherine is an author who has published five books and is currently working on a group writing project with nine other persons that focuses on racial healing and reconciliation.
LECTURE: In 1913 Jung asked himself this question: “What is my myth?” and realized that he could not answer. Can we? First we have to understand what is meant by myth, and then what the question itself means. Why we have to even ask this question is still another question. What is the cultural context in which we raise these questions, and how do our personal journeys intersect with the climate of our time are still other questions. This presentation will raise these questions, offer putative approaches, and challenge the participant to a more thoughtful engagement.
James Hollis, Ph.D. , is Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, D. C., and a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice, and author of fourteen books, the latest being What Matters Most and Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives.
PERFORMANCE: Stories inspired by Allan Chinen’s collections Once Upon a Midlife, In the Ever After, Waking World, and Beyond the Hero. John Gentile’s storytelling program last year, The Hero/1000 Faces, featured tales that illustrated Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. This year’s program takes us beyond the hero and features stories told around the world that consider how we may successfully (or not!) live in the second half of life.
John Gentile, Ph.D. , a storyteller and theatre artist, and professor of Performance Studies. He received the 2011 National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for the Southeast Region for Leadership and Service in Storytelling. He holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and the M.A. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
LECTURE: Many of us are somatic dreamers. We experience vivid physical sensations during dreamtime. These dreams often draw attention to a physical symptom or an issue of which we are not yet aware. By working with the area of the body that was depicted in the dream, we become aware of what might need attention. Embodied dreams often leave us with powerful images. By exploring these images somatically, we can connect with archetypal energies that can assist us in healing, as well as in our individuation process.
Jeanne M. Schul, Ph.D. , directs the dance program at Berry College, is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, and teaches Embodied Dreamwork and Somatic Studies in the Depth Psychology programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute.