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Elizabeth Eowyn Nelson, Ph.D.

The Re-Emergence of Fierce Young Women
in Film and Literature

May 17, Friday Lecture 7:30 pm
members: $20; non-members $25; students $10

In the last two decades, fierce young women have taken center stage in their own stories, no longer content to be accommodating sidekicks to a strong male protagonist. The activation of an ancient archetypal pattern, the female warrior, is on display in Game of Thrones, Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and the Hunger Games, all of which have commanded critical attention and earned billions of dollars. Dr. Nelson will show images of these fierce females to demonstrate how the protagonists discover an embodied sense of their own power, celebrate their capacity for action, and dedicate themselves to causes that matter. This sweeping change in the contemporary fairy tale—in which she is the central character around which the entire plot revolves, it is her fate that matters, and it is her own power she must understand and develop—has profound psychological meaning for all women regardless of age. When represented in a young woman (as it often is), the quality of fierceness suggests the vitality associated with youth and also the jouissance of the crone. She is powerful, alluring, and necessary to confront contemporary toxic masculinity.

Archetypal Faces of Power and Toxic Masculinity

May 18, Saturday Workshop 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
members: $60; non-members $70; students $50
CEUs $25

The workshop will be an in-depth exploration of the vitality and power of the fierce female and the discrete kinds of power she exemplifies. It will focus on 1) the important differences between power as domination characteristic of toxic masculinity and the power of leadership, authority, and influence; 2) how situations and circumstances call forth and develop authentic power and dissolve rigid gender roles; and 3) how power—which is first and foremost an internal, embodied resource—helps people stand up for themselves and their values. The workshop helps us to remember, and to explore, the various kinds of power women can and should exercise in a desperately wounded world.

Elizabeth Eowyn Nelson, Ph.D.Dr. Elizabeth Eowyn Nelson is a psychologist of the soul by training and inclination. She is core faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has taught since 2003. She is a writer, editor, and published author of two books and multiple articles, essays and book chapters and the General Editor of the Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies, a peer-reviewed academic publication. Dr. Nelson agrees that well-behaved women seldom make history, and would much rather nourish excellence than conformity regardless who finds the result uncomfortable. An interview with Elizabeth Nelson can be found here: http://www.jungatlanta.com/articles/Nelson-Interview.pdf