For the Community
The Institute's community Lectures & Seminars program breaks new ground every season, offering psychoanalytic insights into the many dimensions of human experience: art, politics, literature, family, relationships, the stages of life, masculinity/femininity, work, love, and human passions. The format varies from discussions around lunch to large lectures. The lively Projections Series and pre-performance discussions of Shakespeare in the Park entertain and enlighten.
ARTS & ANALYSIS
The Schizoid Life, Songs and Suicide of Kurt Cobain
Michael Brog, MD
Friday, March 28, 2014 7:00 p.m. Institute Classroom A
Registration: $20 per person
The generation defining music of Nirvana, as especially manifested in their landmark album Nevermind, represented the intensely personal expressions of their vocalist and lead songwriter Kurt Cobain. Cobain's story poses a haunting question: why would a supremely talented musician at the height of his fame decide to kill himself? The powerful psychological forces that tormented Cobain will be examined through a review of his anguished life and a sampling of his remarkable songs.
Take a look at the YouTube clip for the lecture HERE.
A Child's Brain:
How Experience Defines Neurodevelopment and the Implications for Treatment and Understanding
Bruce Perry, MD, PhD
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ethical Society of St. Louis Auditorium
Tickets: $20 per person (non-refundable)
Purchase tickets HERE
The development of a young child is profoundly influenced by experience. Experiences shape the organization of the brain which, in turn, influences the emotional, social, cognitive and physiological activities. Insights into this process come from understanding brain development.
This lecture will provide an overview of key principles of neurodevelopment crucial for understanding the role of experience in defining functional and physical organization of the brain. Additionally, Dr. Perry will provide an overview of the key functions of the brain, outline the hierarchy of brain development, and provide neurodevelopmental links to key functions of the brain and key times of development.
Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD is the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children's mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.
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This acclaimed documentary gives entrée to the mind of Timothy (Speed) Levitch, a Gray Line tour guide in New York and a fascinating character in his own right. Speed's tour loop is part of an "ongoing search for perfection," as he tries to "rewrite the souls" of his customers. Riding through the concrete canyons of the city, Speed indulges in a verbal orgy and often loses himself in identification with its landmarks – relating, for example, to the Brooklyn Bridge "because it doesn't contradict me." The viewer of this provocative film is invited to put Speed on the couch and use his/her counter-transference to analyze what exactly holds Speed's fragile self together. (1998, 76 min.)