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All lectures will be held at the Institute, 8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Book Discussion
A Psychological Discussion of Martin Fletcher's Novel
Jacob's Oath
Discussion led by Diane Kopp, MSW

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
7:15 p.m.
Fee:  $25 per person
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Join us in the discussion of several of the main characters of Jacob’s Oath. Among these we meet Jacob and Sarah, two of the refugees who survive the Holocaust under quite different circumstances. One was interned in a concentration camp for a number of years; the other, instead of obeying an order, went underground and remained a “submarine” throughout the war.
 
Some salient issues which we will talk about are:
1. The personality make-up of the major characters of the novel that
    contributed to their survival or their criminality

2. Some of the factors which contributed to the presence or absence of the       
    dominance of love in relationships as reflected in the main characters.

NOTE: For a lively discussion, please read the novel, which is available at most libraries or bookstores.  “Engrossing…A page-turner.” – Publishers’ Weekly
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The 2014 Cohn Lecture
Searching for Bruce Springsteen
Peter Ruderman, MSW

Friday, October 17, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $25 per person
For more than four decades the music of Bruce Springsteen has reflected the heart and soul of America.  He has become an instrumental voice in American culture and politics.  His music has inspired millions.
How does a shy withdrawn boy from New Jersey become a rock and roll legend?  Find out the answer to this and discover the promise of rock and roll.
Warning: loud music will be played.
A taste of Searching for Bruce Springsteen HERE


Projections: Fall Film Series
Fridays, November 7 and 21, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $25 per person
In this popular series, each film is introduced by the discussant and an informal conversation about themes, issues and insights follows the screening.  Limited seating.

Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1
Phoebe Cirio, MSW, LCSW, Discussant

Friday, November 7, 2014
Tickets:  $25 per person
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The provocatively titled film, Nymphomaniac, by Lars von Trier, is the most recent work from this director, and this seems to be another of his studies of women. The film is released in two parts, each a full-length film. Part One will be our subject at this program; it asks us to consider the relationship between sex, desire, fly fishing, Fibonacci numbers, J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and his polyphonic theory.  Von Trier, this time using Bach, again makes use of music to deepen the film narrative. This time they talk about music in the movie, it is not just part of the soundtrack. In this film, the story of a young girl’s sexual self-awareness unfolds slowly through flashbacks, that gradually bring the past into the present.  This is a very engaging, and challenging film, and it provides a lot of substance for us to consider.  (2013, 118 minutes)

My Own Private Idaho
J. Todd Dean, MD, Discussant

Friday, November 21, 2014
Tickets, $25 per person
In My Own Private Idaho, director Gus Van Sant retells the story of Prince Hal, Falstaff and Poins from Henvy IV, parts 1 and 2, in the setting of a gritty world of street hustlers, with sex and drugs straight out of a William S. Burroughs novel -- so we know it is a wild ride.  But it is much more than a mulligan stew of a movie.  It even asks a question that was conspicuously missing in Shakespeare's plays: What happened to Mom? (1991, 104 minutes)
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