9. Previous Years Lectures

October 8, 2010
Thayer Greene: The Shadow as Archetype and Personal Dilemma

Jung’s explorations of the shadow side of the individual and collective human psyche were both extensive and profound. This lecture attempts to provide a summary of his insights as well as more recent Jungian thinking in the following categories: 1. The shadow as a moral and ethical dilemma. 2. The shadow as an instinctual and somatic dilemma. 3. The shadow as an affective and energetic dilemma. 4. The dilemma of the individual in relation to the collective shadow. 5. The shadow as an archetypal dilemma, i.e., the problem of evil.

Thayer Greene, Ph.D. is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, a training analyst, a faculty member of the Jung Institute of Boston, and has lectured widely and is the author of a book and a number of articles in the field. He has a private practice in Amherst.

November 12, 2010

Karen A. Smyers: Does the Soul Like Facebook? Exploring the Friendship Archetype

Facebook has become a pervasive social force in the world today, with more than 500 million active users. Is this a natural and healthy extension of friendship into the latest medium, or a narcissistic and/or voyeuristic shadow of true relatedness, mediated by a business model? This talk will explore the meanings and varieties of friendship and its archetypal underpinnings, and will consider what the soul gains and loses as humans move more and more into “virtual” relationships.

Karen A. Smyers, Ph.D., is a former Associate Professor at Wesleyan University and a graduate of ISAP-Zurich. She has a private practice in Hadley, and is the current President of the Jung Center of Western Massachusetts.