*Russell Jacoby is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an author and a critic of academic culture. His fields of interest are twentieth-century European and American intellectual and cultural history, specifically the history of intellectuals and education. His numerous books include Social Amnesia: A critique of conformist psychology (1975), Repression of Psychoanalysis: Otto Fenichel and the political Freudians (1983), and most recently Bloodlust: On the roots of violence from Cain and Abel to the present (2011). In 2009, he was appointed to the Moishe Gonzales Folding Chair of Critical Theory. A documentary, Velvet Prisons: Russell Jacoby on American Academia, premiered at the Humanity Explored Online Film Festival.
**Please read selections in advance: The Claustrum, by psychoanalyst Donald Meltzer (1923-2004), uses the Kleinian concept of projective-identification, with special reference to intrusive identification with internal objects, to examine claustrophobic phenomena and its relations to the treatment of borderline and adolescent patients.