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Images in a Melancholic Eye
March 19, 2004 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
Until the mid-19th century, melancholy was imagined as a sacred affliction from the gods, a madness characteristic of genius and the most difficult and complex temperament. At the height of the Renaissance, it was imagined in personified form as a majestic female figure; artists and poets looked to her as their Muse. But, in the twentieth century, melancholy all but disappeared from the professional imagination, to be replaced by the diagnostic categories of depression. Where did Melancholy go? How did she lose her voice? How can we call her into life again, listen to her wisdom, take new creative heart from within her depths? This lecture/slide presentation will use both spoken word and photographs to re-discover Melancholy as Muse.
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Lyn Cowan, Ph.D., has been a practicing Jungian analyst since 1980, Director of Training for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts for six years and past president of the Society, held a Professorship for ten years in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School for Professional Psychology, and recently concluded two years of teaching and lecturing at the C.G. Jung Center of Houston, Texas. She has frequently lectured internationally and is the author of three books: Portrait of the Blue Lady: The Character of Melancholy, Tracking the White Rabbit, A Subversive View of Modern Culture, and Masochism: A Jungian View. Her passion for horseracing began when she was 11 and continues unabated.