The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado
Fall 2019 Lecture Series
Please note our location and our format:
All lectures will be held at the Park Hill United Church of Christ, at 2600 Leyden Street, on the northeast corner of 26th Avenue and Leyden Street. The entrance to the sanctuary, where the lectures are held, is on Leyden Street just north of the Montessori playground.
There is plenty of parking available on Leyden Street. The sanctuary entrance is on one level and is handicapped accessible.
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door, $10 students and seniors
The Jung Society will be presenting lectures this academic year for the FALL SEMESTER ONLY. We will be taking a much-needed hiatus during the spring 2020 semester. We hope to see you at our lectures this fall! Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy social time and refreshments with us.
Watching and Waiting in the Wanderings of Life
a lecture by Kathryn Kuisle
September 13th, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.
In this world of speed and rapid change, watching and waiting often get forgotten or ignored. In this lecture, I will address the concept of watching, keeping vigil and waiting in our lives, in our analytical work and the individuation process, as well as the ritual of vigil that is an aspect the collective appears to need. Considering “vigil” as an archetypal image, I will explore its ancient presence and meaning found in myth, Scriptures, various cultures, and rituals, as well as pondering how in 2019, we need the richness of this ancient ritual of waiting and watching.
Kathryn Kuisle, Ph.D.is a Diplomate Jungian analyst and graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich. She holds a Ph.D. in analytical psychology from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH. She has a private practice in Colorado Springs, is the President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and is an affiliate faculty member for Regis University.
Pulcinella: Image of the Forgotten Trickster
a lecture by Grazia Di Giorgio
October4th, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.
As Carl Jung wrote in 1959, “The so-called civilized man has forgotten the trickster… He never suspects that his own hidden and apparently harmless shadow has qualities whose dangerousness exceeds his wildest dreams. As soon as people get together in masses and submerge the individual, the shadow is mobilized, and, as history shows, may even be personified and incarnated.” (CW 9.1, par. 478)
In this presentation we will be invited to remember and explore the historical development, the dangerousness, and the contemporary healing potential of this powerful archetype, starting from the ancient and fascinating figure of Pulcinella, a mercurial character from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte whose roots go all the way back at least to the Roman Atellanae ofthe IV century BCE.
Grazia Di Giorgio, M.A., L.P.C.is a Jungian Analyst with a background in Political Science and Performing Arts, and a long-standing interest in contemplative and somatic psychotherapy. A graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado, she currently shares her life and professional practice between Italy and the United States.
Archetypes, Propaganda and Conspiracy Theories
a lecture by Vladislav Šolc
November 1st, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.
Is global warming a hoax? Is Earth actually flat? Is the CIA responsible for the attack on the WTC in New York? Why do many believe various bizarre theories despite the wealth of counter-evidence? Conspiracy theories have been gradually occupying larger domains of cultural and political life. The rise of fake news, alternative facts, and conspiracy theories, along with fundamentalism, fanaticism, and propaganda from around the world calls for a no-holds-barred depth psychological exploration.
This lecture will explore depth-psychological phenomena and dynamics underlying religious extremism, fundamentalism and its parallels to conspiracism. Inadequate and non-credible representations of numinous energies in consciousness can unwittingly contribute to the creation of structures with notable mythological parallels. This phenomenon that Jung referred to as an “axiom of psychology” can explain both the archetypal nature of conspiracism and its resistance to rational correction. We will explore how the Self influences the way one holds onto the radical creed, and Vladislavwill introduce some mythological themes and explore other patterns consistent with Dark religion.
Vladislav Šolc, M.S., is a psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst practicing in Glendale, WI. He received training from the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and Charles University in Prague. Vlado lives in constant awe about the miracle of existence. He is an author of four depth psychology-oriented books published in Czech Republic:Psyche, Matrix, Reality; The Father Archetype, In the Name of God – Fanaticism from Perspective of Depth Psychology, Dark Religion (with George Didier).
Great Again: The longing for rebirth in an American cultural complex
a lectureby Kaitryn Wertz
December 6th, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.
This presentation explores the archetype of rebirth in American collective consciousness. The rise of Donald Trump has polarized the culture with intense emotion and a push toward extremism. At the heart of Trump’s message is fear and demonization of the “other,” who must be eliminated so that “real Americans” can rebirth an imagined past greatness. From a Jungian perspective, the American psyche is in the grip of a cultural complex, rooted in images of violence and scapegoating. The presentation will also consider signs of a compensatory American myth, visible in a recent stream of children’s films. Each tells a similar story: a courageous girl renews the people and restores the land through her ability to empathize with what seems profoundly ‘other.’ Psychological themes in these children’s films will be amplified by dreams arising in individuals since Trump’s election, suggesting a possible, more hopeful direction of the collective psyche.
Kaitryn Wertz, M.Ed., LMHC, LPC,is a diplomate Jungian Analyst in private practice in Broomfield, Colorado, witha thirty-five-year background as a therapist, public speaker, and workshop leader. She is especially interested in the ways in which Jungian psychology can help us to understand the changes occurring in society and to make ethical choices about them. Kaitryn currently serves as Vice President of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.
Our sister group, The C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado is an official Training Society of the IAAP. Please check out their news and programming at http://www.junginstituteofcolorado.com
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO SPRING 2020 LECTURES! WE WILL BE TAKING A ONE SEMESTER HIATUS!
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