Changes to the Preliminary Program

Day Time Session Change
Wednesday, February 14 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Discussion Group 26: Philosophy and Psychoanalysis Topic and Faculty
New Description:
Karl Jaspers is known for his work in psychiatry and philosophy, but what was his relationship to psychoanalysis? While Jaspers initially supported psychoanalysis, his critique became ever more narrow and reflects the changing historical and political events of his lifetime. The group will discuss Jaspers’ relationship to psychoanalysis in two parts, beginning with his contradictions. Jaspers is known for his anti-Nazi stance, yet questions can be raised about his apparent support for institutions excluding Jewish psychoanalysts. He is a critic who is intellectually inclusive and reductionist, open to the breath of individual existence, but increasingly narrow in his perceptions, dominated by the contexts of the time. Second, the group will look at his specific thoughts on treatment, cure and consider the contemporary relevance of this historically important figure.
Thursday, February 15 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Discussion Group 96: Psychodynamic Problems in Organizations Topic and Faculty
New Description:
Sexual harassment has made its way to the front pages, and appears to be ubiquitous. With this change in our awareness of the phenomenon, organizations and their leaders can no longer ignore the problem.
This discussion group will examine the implications of this increased consciousness about sexual harassment, and other forms of gender based discrimination, on the executives who lead and manage organizations. How and why does harassment occur? What has fostered it, and why has it remained under the radar until now? How can a psychoanalytic perspective help explain these events? How will leaders initiate a process of change and remediation? And what role can psychoanalytic consultants play?