2016 - 2017 Freud's Bar

Things Fall Apart; The Center Cannot Hold

Robin Deutsch, PhD and Dorin Newton, PhD, Co-Chairs

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Program Title: Holding Life and Death in Mind:
How to (or How Might Freud Help Us) Think About Environmental Change
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Time: 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Presenter: Maureen Katz, MD
Moderators: Robin Deutsch, PhD and Dorian Newton, PhD
Location: Diesel, A Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
(2 blocks south of the Rockridge Bart Station)
Program Fee: Free

In the face of tremendous data and experienced climate change, many of us feel paralyzed or hope-less to respond. Exploring the nature of those anxieties can allow us to move past them into a space of mental functioning and thinking where problem solving, response and coherent senses of selves are possible. We will look at psychoanalytic theories, like the death instinct, mourning and melancho-lia as well as group theorists to understand these dynamics. We will also think about the current state of climate modeling and how some of our own pathological responses, such as continual disavowal and denial of reality, are destructive to us.

About the Presenter:
Maureen Katz, MD is psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice of adult and adolescent psychoanalysis in Berkeley. She has written on topics of psychoanalysis, culture and society, including issues of the idea of the ethnic other, responses to state terror and psychoanalysis, anti- immigration and neo-fascist responses from a psychoanalytic perspective, and gender. Most recently, she has convened a symposium entitled: "(Not) Being Seen/ (Not) Being Heard: How do we think about the disregard of the Other in the case of Flint Michigan? "