The 60th Freud Anniversary Lecture

The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute cordially invites you to attend

The 60th Freud Anniversary Lecture


Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 8 pm

The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium

247 East 82nd Street, New York City


Rosemary Balsam, M.D, will speak on Freud, the Birthing Body, and Modern Life

Shelley Orgel, M.D. will introduce the speaker

Starting with a closer look at Freud's early astute sense of the psychic impact of the bodily power of females' biological sex and child-bearing potential, the lecture will show how this appreciation became obscured until about the 1970s. In spite of sporadic subsequent efforts, moreover, the impact of the female body has never been acknowledged in general in psychoanalytic thought (except as an infantile archaic fantasy, or sidelined in a special adult "woman's" category). Given the new vibrant culture of enacted gender multiplicities that we encounter in the clinic these days, where, then, can this lag leave us with psychoanalytic ideas about natally sexed female or male bodies as they articulate with gender?

Rosemary Balsam, M.D. is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine; Staff Psychiatrist at the Yale Student Mental Health and Counseling Service; and Training and Supervising Analyst at Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is the author of numerous writings, including Women's Bodies in Psychoanalysis published in 2012 by Routledge.


General Admission: $15

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  A Reception will follow the lecture. All are welcome.

Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

a) describe Freud's early sense of the biological body

b) appreciate why and how this changed, and how the body became obscured

c) assess the long term effects of this obfuscation on our thinking, that can still affect today's analysts dealing with patients' gender dilemmas.

d) think more creatively with patients about the modern role of the biologically female body.

2 CME/CE credits offered.