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Politics Culture and Soul: A National Conference on the 2016 Elections

The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

Politics Culture and Soul: A National Conference on...

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General Admission Ended $150.00 $0.00
Institute Members Ended $120.00 $0.00
Graduate Students / Institute Candidates Ended $105.00 $0.00

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Our current election atmosphere is profoundly confusing and disturbing—filled with hope for a new order among many, despair at the existing order among most, and indifference in a growing percentage of the population. Everywhere we look, we are confronted with seemingly insoluble, urgent problems that defy rational and humane resolution: climate change, the growing discrepancy between rich and poor, the influence of money on political and cultural life, immigration trauma on an unimaginable scale, racism, sexism, consumerism, terrorism, war—to name just a few ingredients in our cauldron of corrosive conflicts. Has the world always been this endangered with every generation imagining itself on the brink? In such times, politics, cultural values, and the soul of both individuals and groups get inextricably mixed up with one another and perhaps at no time is this more highlighted than in the garish glare of uninterrupted media attention during modern American presidential elections.

This is the 5th consecutive Presidential Election Year Conference put on by the C.G.. Jung Institute of San Francisco, beginning with the first of this series in 2000. It brings together scholars and psychoanalysts from across the country and abroad to share their observations and seek an understanding of how the democratic ideal of a country based on respect for differences has devolved to a new low in turning differences into divisiveness. The program will put the nation’s psychological state on the analytic couch to come up with a vision of what motivates it and how its dynamic processes create further division and separation that defies our hopes for reconciliation and wholeness. The goal of this conference is not to provide conventional wisdom, not to forecast results, not to campaign for one party or another - although that is often hard to resist - but to seek understanding of what all the sound and fury is about and what is happening to the American people and the soul of our democracy.




"People for the American Way" by Robert Rauschenberg, 1991.
Lithograph and screenprint on paper 48 x 35 3/4 inches. From and edition of 75,
published by Gemini G.E.I., Los Angeles, for People for the American Way

Friday, October 14th  7 - 9:30 PM                 Conference welcome and opening remarks

Saturday, October 15th  9 AM - 5:00 PM        Speaker presentations


Click below for each description and presenter biography:

So, What Did You Expect?
Personal and Depth Psychological Issues in Elections - Andrew Samuels


The Racial Shadow of American Politics - Fanny Brewster, PhD, MFA


Catastrophic Change: Cracked Social Containers
and the Precarious Body Politic - Francisco J González, MD


Politics, Character,
and the Socially Mediated Candidate - Betty Sue Flowers, PhD


Living on the Edge of the Apocalypse: What ISIS, the Christian Right,
and Climate Change Deniers Have in Common - Richard Stein, MD


Presidential Elections and Cultural Complexes - Thomas Singer, MD 


No Continuing Education Credits are available for this event.

Have questions about Politics Culture and Soul: A National Conference on the 2016 Elections? Contact The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

When & Where

Unity San Francisco
2222 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

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The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

A non-profit educational and community service organization that devotes itself to the furtherance of Jungian thought in clinical work and in cultural discourse. In addition to its Analytic Training Program, the Institute provides educational events for the general public, seminars for professionals, and produces Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, now published by Taylor & Francis. The Institute houses an extensive library and offers a sliding scale psychotherapy clinic.  Friends of the Institute, an auxiliary organization, welcomes new members. 

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