Which Way Forward for Psychoanalysis?


University of Chicago

Date & Time

May. 17 —19, 2013

Free Event

Event Description

We invite students, scholars, clinicians and the interested public to participate in a conference to examine core problems and perspectives in contemporary psychoanalysis and its potential future. Confirmed speakers include over thirty analysts, scholars and students from across the country!

Psychoanalysis was once a radically new scientific and cultural movement. Although today the public largely understands it as an antiquated therapeutic technique, Sigmund Freud believed that his “depth psychology” had the potential to help free both the individual and society from inhibitions and illusions. This once-revolutionary tradition is now fragmented and stagnant: torn apart by internal struggles, psychoanalysis preserves itself through insularity; meanwhile, our society’s unabated hostility to depth psychology’s most fundamental claims gradually presses it into conformity.


— Keynote lecture —

Why Sex?

Leo Bersani

Should psychoanalysis be re-named soma-analysis: a speculation about the body? Is sex relevant to this speculation? Was it relevant for Freud? Psychoanalytic theory as testimony to the “work” imposed on psychic life by bodily life. Foucault as an inspiration for psychoanalytic theory; choreography as a model for psychoanalytic therapy.


— Saturday plenary —

What Kind of Science is Psychoanalysis?

Robert Galatzer-Levy, Irwin Z. Hoffman, Fred M. Levin and Frank Summers, Erika Schmidt (moderator)

Throughout his life, Freud defended psychoanalysis as a science of the mind on the model of the most rigorous and advanced sciences of his day. Over a century later, however, the scientific credentials of psychoanalysis are thrown into dispute. From the outside, powerful private interests press the analytic profession to justify its theory and practice by the standards of “evidence-based medicine;” from the inside, psychoanalytic politics splinter theory apart into distinct and sometimes-rival schools. In the face of this challenge, analysts call for unity by appealing to their colleagues’ latent or manifest wish to identify their profession with that of the behavioral and life sciences. Major voices propose to firmly integrate psychoanalysis and neuroscience: scientism as an antidote to sectarianism. But the standards of the natural sciences, namely verification and replicability, risk overlooking what is most distinctive and valuable about psychotherapy. How can one verify self-knowledge, or replicate autonomy? This panel brings together varied perspectives from within contemporary psychoanalysis to examine the vexed relation of psychoanalytic inquiry to the human and natural sciences.


— Sunday plenary —

Psychoanalysis on the Far Side of the 20th Century

Prudence Gourguechon, Katie Jenness, Thomas Svolos and Gary Walls, Jeremy Cohan (moderator)

Each generation inherits a new past. Today, psychoanalysis is fading fast. Classroom instructors savage it; the latest scientific psychologies reject it; analysts themselves struggle to attract new patients and trainees. Freud remains universally hailed as one of the defining minds of the 20th century, yet nobody knows exactly what this means. Since psychoanalysis defines who we have come to be, how are we to define it? A revolutionary science of mind; a new basis for critical thinking about history and society; a form of therapeutic practice; a new sexual morality; a general theory of human nature; a practice of self-understanding; a dominant medical paradigm; a hermeneutic key to culture; a tendentious, pseudo-scientific, and dangerous ideology. How can psychoanalysis make sense of its tangled history? What made psychoanalysis a powerful articulation of self and society? Was it bound to historical configurations that have since passed? How does psychoanalysis appear the self, society, science, and psychology of today? Can psychoanalytic ideas have comprehensive range and force in the new century? Why should they?


— Tracks and Sessions —

Our program is organized around the following topics:

  • Sisyphean Tasks: Psychoanalysis and Social Reform
  • Sexuality and the Body Politic
  • The Mass Psychology of Capitalist Democracy

Sisyphean Tasks: Psychoanalysis and Social Reform

Psychoanalysis directed a searing gaze at key social institutions and their effect on the individual. Many analysts were leaders in trying to push for social reform, especially in the family and education, to create a more humane and liberated world. Now, the psychological profession, with some irony, has become itself one of our society’s major institutions, demanding critique. What shape do socializing institutions take today and how are they changing? Can psychoanalytic intervention make schools and communities healthier places? How do we research and reform—even revolutionize—our social relations? What kind of projects are possible or desirable?

The Health Industrial Complex

Mark J. Heyrman, Patrick M. Knight, Susan M. Scherer and Allan Scholom, Neal Spira (moderator)

We joke about the interminable length of psychoanalysis and the real difficulty of demonstrating tangible and quantifiable progress. But is this the reason that approaches to mental health that emphasize practical steps and chemical intervention have risen above the slow task of self-examination? This panel will be devoted to understanding how the mental health profession in the United States is organized, who it serves, and what practitioners ought to do in the face of demands from outside and within the profession to streamline and trivialize the healing profession. If we live, as Christopher Lasch once put it, in the “therapeutic society” what kind of therapy are we giving and getting?

Educational Experiments: Then and Now

Patty Bode, Phillip Henry, Amy Millikan and Bruce Thomas, Laura Gluckman (moderator)

Psychoanalysis was, as analyst Martin Bergmann puts it, “allied with other powerful Utopian movements that captured the imagination of the young on the eve of World War I—surrealism, socialism, progressive education, and the belief in an early sexual enlightenment of children.” As current “reform” efforts seem incapable of addressing the real problems—and even make things much worse—how do we recover another vision of education, that transmits the cultural achievements of the past, and develops the capacity for maturity and free decision-making in the young? This panel takes on the problem of the past and future of education by highlighting particular experiments—ideas, institutions, movements, systems—to understand and evaluate their form, their rise and their decline. We’ve asked each panelist to talk to us about a “case study” of their choice—its aims, the kind of children it did and did not reach, the effects it had, its breadth, how and why it ended, and its relevance for educational efforts today.

Consciousness and Society

Jeremy Cohan, Roberta Garner & Black Hawk Hancock, Julia Hahn and Gary Walls, Bernard Harcourt (moderator)

Psychology and sociology ask the same question—Why do people act as they do? Their more critical traditions both begin from the shared premise that human beings are less free than they know, and that this awareness is crucial for their future liberation. But what precisely is the relationship between perspectives that begin with the society and its tendencies and those that begin with the individual and her stymied desires?  Freud admitted in his Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego that, insofar as the individual develops in a world of others—both within, and outside of the family—individual psychoanalysis is always already social. Many social analysts have reached toward psychoanalysis, often by marrying Marx and Freud, to understand how modern social structures of domination are reproduced rather than overcome. But is there really a problem with the rationalistic psychology assumed in most social research? What is so terrible about bracketing socio-historical conditions in psychological practice? Short presentations on previous attempts to think through this interrelation—in the Frankfurt School, Irving Goffman, Foucault, and political psychoanalysts—will help us think about how today to address: How deep does society go? What maintains the world as it is? Is consciousness possible?

Licit and Illicit Drugs: A Dialogue

Thomas Barrett, Robert Foltz and Jay Stevens, Ben Koditschek (moderator)

On the one hand, we have a “War on Drugs” that incarcerates millions. Decisions about proper and improper drug use are in the hands of the police. On the other hand, we have a rash of psychotropic medication, that has made the licit drug industry a determining social institution in child development. Why are some drugs illegal and some legal? What are the possibilities and problems of the variety of “chemicalization of youth” we witness? There is no pure pattern of development sans chemicals and human intervention – so how do we and should we modify our sensorium and mental state? Are we in control?



Classical psychoanalysis placed the suppression of sexuality at the center of psychic life—though many of its own practitioners have tried to soften, refute or repress this insight. In 1905, Freud wrote, “There is no more personal claim than that for sexual freedom, and at no point has civilization tried to exercise severer suppression than in the sphere of sexuality.” Since that time, new social movements such as feminism, gay rights and queer activism have fought hard to win social equality and recognition for the diverse forms of human sexuality. But while psychoanalytic inquiry has served as a point of reference and theoretical resource for some within these movements, for many others it remains a sexually conservative and antiquated means of discipline and control. In light of this checkered past, is some form of reconciliation possible between the politics of sexual liberation and psychoanalysis? How can reinvigorated psychoanalytic inquiry help understand, let alone face, the realities of sexual oppression today?

History and Freud’s Theory of Sexuality

Pablo Ben and Robert Galatzer-Levy, Ben Landau-Beispiel (moderator)

Psychoanalysis breaks with biologists who view the outcome of sexual development as being determined by nature, and stresses instead the contingency and instability of achieving “mature” sexuality through internalized discipline and control. Yet in arguing that sexuality has a history, Freud relied on a developmental story to explain what unified the diverse forms of sexuality: he subsumed oral, anal and genital urges—an infinite array of polymorphous perversity—under a single, a-historical concept. Many psychoanalysts since Freud have rejected the developmental story as a timeless fact of human development, while its critical insights remain buried under obfuscations and distortions. Can we return the historical moment to the theory of sexuality, to recapture its revolutionary potential? What would a historical reading of Freud’s Three Essays look like, identifying Freud’s place in history as well as our own? This discussion-based seminar will explore this question from the perspectives of contemporary social science research and critical theory. All participants should review the Three Essays in advance of the session.

Eros in Unlikely Places

Yasmin Nair and Stephen Haswell Todd, Trent Leipert (moderator)

Critics have famously accused psychoanalysis of finding sexuality where it doesn’t belong. This panel features two presentations that show how sexuality is at work in medicine, culture and the law—even where it’s unacknowledged. In “How to do the History of Autism?” Stephen Haswell Todd argues that Freud’s concept of autoeroticism, a cornerstone of his sexual theory, survives in an unlikely place: in the etymology of the term ‘autism.’ Autism’s many and varied determinations, some quite different from its modern sense, reveal a history of attempts to name and define a “relation-to-self” at the heart of both sexuality and inter-subjectivity. Yasmin Nair’s “Queers and Sex Offender Registries” questions the priorities of the mainstream gay rights movement—same-sex marriage, hate crime legislation, military service—when many queers are on sex offender registries for a range of acts that are deliberately criminalized according to notions of appropriate sex. How might we think about legal and social implications without simply calling for queers to be freed from any criminal persecution or arguing for yet another form of respectability?

Sexual Taboos and Law Today

Erik Brodnax, Bernard Harcourt, R. Dennis Shelby and David Thorstad, Greg Gabrellas (moderator)

Liberals talk about the toleration of sexual diversity as if this were a nearly accomplished fact, yet the psychic characters of many remain dominated by sexual taboos. While these taboos are registered in personal life as anxiety and disgust, they are also manifest publicly in politics and the law. The law sanctions the continued oppression of sexual offenders by enlisting psychological categories of difference and subordination. Prostitutes, homosexuals, transsexuals, pedophiles and zoosexuals populate the fearful dreams of the American mind, while skillful propagandists exploit this fear to control our politics; mob-like persecution and criminalization of same-sex desire and victims of HIV almost passes for normal in many parts of the world, sometimes sanitized as “public health.” What accounts for the persistence of these modern sexual taboos, even after the liberation movements of the 20th century? Are psychiatric categories, like ‘phobia,’ relevant to understanding the problem? What forms might sexual emancipation take today? This panel brings together analysts, scholars and activists to examine and debate these questions from the perspectives of anthropology, critical theory, psychoanalysis and jurisprudence.



The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche described all history as a “gruesome dominion of nonsense and accident,” and regarded political democracy as only “the nonsense of the ‘greatest number.’” Perhaps he was right. Yet, throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries, Leftists had assumed that democracy made radical social transformation a near inevitability. The great majority, they thought, would surely pursue their own interest in social emancipation if allowed political participation in society. As the 20th century unfolded and this did not take place, there arose a psychoanalytic tradition that attempted to grapple with this failure. Wilhelm Reich, an exemplar of this tradition, wrote in 1933: “At the bottom of the failure to achieve a genuine social revolution lies the failure of the masses of the people: They reproduce the ideology and forms of life of political reaction in their own structures and thereby in every new generation.” While much has changed in the intervening 80 years, certain fundamentals remain the same: the people rule, but the politics of democracy evidence forms of mass irrationality, not the desire for emancipation. Can psychoanalysis, in the best tradition of the political Freudians, help us to better understand and potentially move beyond this situation?

Looking Backward / Looking Forward

Isaac D. Balbus, Chris Cutrone and Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Ben Laundau-Beispiel (moderator)

I: In the 20th century, Leftists around the world attempted to bring about socialism, but failed. Revolutionary movements betrayed their own goals, and those who seemed to have the most to gain from the success of revolutionary politics sided with reaction. Marxist parties created police states, and workers followed the leadership of racist demagogues. The right to participate in elections was secured, but today socialism seems less possible than ever. The intention of this panel is to explore why the political enfranchisement of the working class has not led to socialism, and whether the insights of psychoanalysis are relevant to answering this question.
II: Following the panel, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a small group discussion led by a panelist of their choosing. Discussions will focus on how those concerned with social emancipation today might overcome the failures of the past and move forward. Why do the politics of the Left fail to gain a mass following despite miserable social conditions? Could investigations into contemporary mass psychology be of any use in specifying and overcoming obstacles to a revived Left? Friendly debate on these questions is encouraged.

Looking Inward

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Allan Scholom and Frank Summers, Ashleigh Campi (moderator)

In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud posed the possibility that “under the influence of cultural urges, some civilizations, or some epochs of civilization—possibly the whole of mankind—have become ‘neurotic.’” If a psychoanalyst believes this diagnosis to apply to our current form of society, this would seem to have significant implications for therapeutic practice. What is the relationship between critical politics and the practice of psychoanalysis? How can therapy serve an emancipatory function when it aims to help patients adapt to a reality that, by its very nature, may undermine the development of the autonomous individual envisioned by depth psychology? This roundtable discussion will explore these questions.


Speaker Bios

Isaac D. Balbus is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and taught at Princeton and CUNY before coming to UIC in 1976. He is the author ofThe Dialectics of Legal Repression, co-winner of the 1974 C. Wright Mills Prize; Marxism and Domination; Emotional Rescue: The Theory and Practice of a Feminist Father; Mourning and Modernity: Essays in the Psychoanalysis of Society, and, most recently, Governing Subjects: An Introduction to the Study of Politics.

Thomas Barrett, Ph.D. is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Clinical Psy.D. at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. From 2001-2010 he was Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Psychoanalytic Child Development at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. From 1990-2010 he directed the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in Cleveland, a therapeutic preschool, mental health clinic and training center that treated children without the use of psycho-pharmaceuticals.

Pablo Ben is Assistant Professor of History at San Diego State University in California. His research focuses on the history of sexuality and urban social history, and his dissertation was a study of male same-sex sexual relationships in the city of Buenos Aires from 1880 to 1955. Dr. Ben teaches courses in modern Latin American history and the history of the Atlantic world.

Leo Bersani is Professor Emeritus of French, University of California, Berkeley. Since retiring, he has been Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. Among his published works are The Culture of Redemption, Homos, The Freudian Body/Psychoanalysis and Art. His most recent books areIntimacies (co-authored with Adam Phillips) and “Is the Rectum a Grave?” and Other Essays.

Patty Bode is Visiting Associate Professor at the Ohio State University in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy. Advocating for students from under-represented and under-served communities throughout her activist teaching career in PK-12 schools and in higher education drives her research and practice. Her work in critical pedagogy examines the role of visual culture in contemporary art curriculum and advances art education as a civil right. Her book co-authored with Sonia Nieto, Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, 6th edition (2012) is used in teacher education courses nationally and internationally.

Erik Brodnax received his Ph.D. in psychiatric anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2010. Under the auspices of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, he did his dissertation research at a psychiatric facility, Clinique Moussa Diop, in Dakar, Senegal. Among his current research interests are psychoanalysis and race, postcoloniality, the history of ethnopsychiatry, and the Negritude movement. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Nancy Burke, Ph.D. is currently Vice President, and a faculty member, of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Psychology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and is on the Boards of Expanded Mental Health Services of Chicago, NFP, and the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis. She maintains a private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Evanston and Chicago.

Jeremy Cohan is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at New York University studying politics and class consciousness and the American scene. He directs the analytic social psychology study group of SPI, is a member of the Platypus Affiliated Society, teaches sociology at NYU, and directs the Serious Times Lecture Series in the program on Critical Theory and the Arts at the School of Visual Arts.

Chris Cutrone received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Committee on the History of Culture in 2013, where he is a lecturer in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cutrone’s doctoral dissertation is on Theodor W. Adorno’s Marxism.

Robert Foltz, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to entering academia, he was a clinician and administrator in residential treatment centers working with severely disturbed youth for over 15 years. He has multiple publications on the use & misuse of psychotropics in youth and is coordinating the Adolescent Subjective Experience of Treatment study, examining youths’ perspective of what works, and what doesn’t, in multidisciplinary residential care.

Greg Gabrellas is completing his M.A. in American history and social thought at the University of Chicago, where he received his B.A. in anthropology in 2009, and is a director of the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry. He’s written essays, reviews and opinion for theChicago Maroon and Platypus Review, and his intellectual interests include German Idealism, Marxism and psychoanalysis.

Robert Galatzer-Levy, M.D. provides psychiatric services, including evaluations, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to adults, children and adolescents. Dr. Galatzer-Levy is a nationally recognized authority on psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, child custody evaluations, and other forensic evaluation with 35 years of experience in the field.

Roberta Garner holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where she was a student of Morris Janowitz and Bruno Bettelheim. She is a Professor of Sociology at DePaul University, co-editor of Social Theory: Continuity and Confrontation (with Black Hawk Hancock; University of Toronto), and co-author of Doing Qualitative Research (with Greg Scott; Pearson), and she writes on social movements. Currently she and Hancock are examining the influence of psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and social psychology on the work of Erving Goffman and other sociologists of the postwar period.

Laura Gluckman is a 6th grade science teacher at a Chicago Public School on the Southwest side. She also is a graduate of the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago, a Midway Network Teacher Leader in Science, and a member of the instructional leadership team at her school. Laura enjoys teaching children about plate tectonics and poetry.

Prudence Gourguechon, M.D. is a past president of the American Psychoanalytic Association where she created a university outreach project and the Service Members and Veterans Initiative and currently heads the Social Issues Department. She practices psychiatry, psychoanalysis and organizational consultation in Chicago, where she serves on the faculty at the Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her interests include the application of psychoanalytic ideas to social issues and the role of psychoanalysts as public intellectuals. She is writing a book on changing her mind.

Julia Hahn is an undergraduate Philosophy major at the University of Chicago. Her fascination with Psychoanalysis began with reading The Interpretation of Dreams in a Literature course; upon being introduced to the subject, Hahn quickly made Psychoanalysis the focus of her philosophical studies. She has been very much influenced by the writings of Freud, Winnicott, Leo Bersani, Jonathan Lear, and Candace Vogler. She’s currently writing her senior thesis on how Psychoanalysis reveals flaws in the neo-Kantian conception of autonomy.

Black Hawk Hancock is an associate professor of Sociology at Depaul University. He is the author of American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination (forthcoming The University of Chicago Press), as well as coauthored Changing Theories: New Direction in Sociology with Roberta Garner. His main research interests are in ethnography, race and ethnicity, and social theory. His work has appeared in Ethnography, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography,Qualitative Sociology, and Sociological Perspectives.

Bernard Harcourt is a critical theorist with a specialization in the area of punishment and political economy. He is the chair of the Political Science Department, professor of political science, and the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He is the author most recently of The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order(Harvard University Press 2011). He is the co-editor with Fabienne Brion of Michel Foucault’s 1981 Louvain lectures, Mal faire, dire vrai. Fonction de l’aveu en justice (in French 2012 with Presses Universitaires de Louvain and forthcoming in English with University of Chicago Press).

Phillip Henry is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Chicago. He concentrates on the cultural and intellectual history of Central Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Currently, he is working on a dissertation project that will explore the practical and theoretical contributions of psychoanalysis to the culture of progressive education in interwar Central Europe, in particular in ‘Red’ Vienna. He completed his undergraduate studies in 2008 at the University of Michigan.

Mark J. Heyrman is a Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Heyrman teaches courses in Trial Practice, Mental Health Advocacy and Mental Health Law. His principle responsibility is to teach law students to be effective advocates through their supervised litigation on behalf of indigent clients with mental illnesses and legislative advocacy on behalf of mental health organizations. Mr. Heyrman is a member and former chair of the Public Policy Committee of Mental Health America. He is a Board member and past President of the Mental Health America of Illinois and chairs its public policy committee. He helped found and is the facilitator of the Mental Health Summit, a coalition of mental health service providers and advocates for persons with mental illness. He is a member of the Illinois Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council and past co-chairperson and also chair of the Standing Committee on Mental Health Law of the Illinois State Bar Association. In 1988 he served as Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission to Revise the Mental Health Code of Illinois.

Irwin Z. Hoffman, Ph.D. is faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, the University of Illinois Department of Psychiatry,  and the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Since his book in 1998, Ritual and Spontaneity in the Psychoanalytic Process: A Dialectical-Constructivist View, he has explored new frontiers of this perspective centering on the responsibility of patient and analyst as moral agents in the analytic work and in the world. He has recently extended his critique of positivism in psychoanalysis to the privileged status many would accord systematic empirical research on psychoanalytic process and outcome. Largely predicated on “treatment” of individual “disorders,” such scientistic privileging may collude to shield the socioeconomic environment from exposure and political dissent.

Katie Jenness is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago. She is an intern in clinical psychology at the North Central Bronx Hospital and will be a postdoctoral fellow at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She is interested in the social and cultural structuring of mental illness and its treatment, and her dissertation considers the sociology of psychoanalysis’ reception in the United States across time.

Ben Koditschek is a founding member of the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry. He has a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently he works as an interface designer while pursuing independent studies.

Patrick M. Knight is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also serves as a lecturer. He received his M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his B.A. from St. Xavier University. For the past three years he has worked as a mental health professional in a residential treatment program. His dissertation research centers on the rise of the recovery movement in psychiatry.

Ben Landau-Beispiel received his B.A. in history and African American studies from Harvard University in 2010, and is a director of the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry.

Phil S. Lebovitz, M.D. graduated from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis in 1990, where he is Director and training and supervising analyst. He has contributed to a study group led by Fred Robbins and Nate Schlessinger on Assessment of Change in Psychoanalysis. Phil also serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Trent Leipert is a Ph.D. candidate in music history and theory at the University of Chicago. His dissertation concerns the composition of the subject as a subject of composition in European music of the later 20th century.

Fred M. Levin, M.D. is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association; the American Psychoanalytic Association; the American Psychiatric Association (life fellow); American College of Psychoanalysts (honorary organization, Past President, and fellow) and several other organizations in Europe and Japan. He has contributed to nearly 100 publications and written a number of books, including Mapping the Mind, Psyche and Brain: The Biology of Talking Cures and Emotion and the Psychodynamics of the Cerebellum: A Neuro-Psychoanalytic Analysis and Synthesis.

Amy Millikan directs the residency program for the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program, teaching a year long seminar and supervising teacher candidates in their clinical residencies, as well as coaching mentor teachers in CPS. Her interests include grassroots curriculum design, the teaching and learning relationship, negotiating power in the classroom, and the role of play as a fundamental human right and a critical tool for academic success. Prior to joining Chicago UTEP in 2004, Millikan taught elementary school for over 10 years, in a one room schoolhouse in rural Montana and later in Chicago. Millikan received her M.Ed. from Smith College and her B.A. from Wesleyan University. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Graham School of Continuing Education’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Yasmin Nair is a writer, academic, and activist based in Uptown, Chicago. She is a co-founder of the editorial collective Against Equality (www.againstequality.org) and the Volunteer Policy Director of Gender JUST, a local grassroots organization. Her website iswww.yasminnair.net.

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Ph.D., M.S.W. is professor emeritus, philosophy department, Lewis University. Her doctoral dissertation (Philosophy, DePaul University) was “Edmund Husserl’s Theory of Motivation.” Dr. Nissim-Sabat is a psychotherapist in private practice. She is the author of: Neither Victim nor Survivor: Thinking toward a New Humanity (Lexington Books, 2009), and of numerous articles in journals in philosophy and psychoanalysis. Her research interests are: critical race theory, feminist theory, and the interrelationship of Husserlian phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and Marxism.

Susan M. Scherer, M.D. is a pediatric and general psychiatrist, and a graduate of U of C Priztker School of Medicine and the UIC general psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. She is a past president of the Illinois Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a member of Physicians for a National Health Program, and an advocate for legislation to improve mental health services for children and families across the state and nation.

Erika Schmidt is a child and adult psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis where she is Director of the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Director of the Archives.

Allan Scholom, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in private practice.
He is the Secretary of the Board of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee, on the Faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work, and the Founder and Chair of the Illinois Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers. Dr. Scholom has published and presented extensively on issues relating to the interface of psychoanalysis and politics, especially on health care.

R. Dennis Shelby, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, The Institute for Clinical Social Work and Loyola University School of Social Work. He has published and presented in a wide range of areas: Clinical work with AIDS/HIV, Clinical Qualitative Research, Psychoanalysis, Gender and Sexuality and Trauma. Developing the Military/Veterans Specialization at ICSW has led to an emersion in the psychoanalytic literature on War Trauma and the clinical challenges of working in veterans and military facilities. Currently, Dennis is on the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Clinical Social Work, the Chair of the Committee on Advocacy Relations, member of the Service Members and Veterans Initiative and Gender and Sexuality Committees of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He maintains clinical practices in Chicago and Chesterton, Indiana.

Neal Spira, M.D. is the President of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society, Associate Dean of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and a faculty member at the Feinberg Northwestern School of Medicine. He practices psychoanalysis and psychiatry in Chicago.

Jay Stevens is a poet, historian, and journalist with a special interest in states of consciousness. He is the author of Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream, and co-author of Drumming at the Edge of Magic with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart and ethnomusicologist Fredric Lieberman.

Frank Summers, Ph.D., ABPP is president of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Supervising and training analyst, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. His most recent book is The Psychoanalytic Vision: The Experiencing Subject, Transcendence, and the Therapeutic Process. He is in the private practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Chicago, Illinois.

Thomas Svolos, M.D. practices psychoanalysis and psychiatry in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a member of the New Lacanian School and the World Association of Psychoanalysis, and he also serves as Adjunct Professor and Acting Chair of Psychiatry at the Creighton University School of Medicine. His publications on psychoanalysis and related matters—including the co-authored book Lacan and Addictions—have appeared in nine languages.

Bruce Thomas’s lifelong concern has been the fate of children, youth and vulnerable adults in the hands of large public systems. For the last three years he has devoted considerable volunteer time to one public elementary school in the Woodlawn community, one outgrowth of which is the Vulnerable Students Initiative. Developed in collaboration with Erika Schmidt, Director of the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and the principals of two Woodlawn elementary schools, the VSI is designed to help public schools improve their competence in working with troubled and troubling children.

David Thorstad is a former president of New York’s Gay Activists Alliance, a cofounder of New York’s Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights, a cofounder of the North American Man/Boy Love Association, coauthor of The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864–1935), and editor of Gay Liberation and Socialism: Documents from the Discussions on Gay Liberation inside the Socialist Workers Party (1970–1973). His writings are athttp://www.williamapercy.com/wiki/index.php?title=David_Thorstad.

Stephen Haswell Todd is a PhD candidate in the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. His dissertation is on the conceptual origins of autism in psychoanalysis and phenomenology. His larger field of interest is literature and literary theory in German, French, and English circa 1800–1950. He also writes on political theory, especially Hannah Arendt.

Gary Walls, Ph.D. has been teaching and practicing psychoanalytic therapy for 25 years in Chicago, as professor at several area doctoral programs, and in private practice. He has written and presented many papers on the mutual implications of psychoanalysis and politics. He was President of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, and received their award for “Distinguished Contributions to Psychoanalysis and Human Rights,” for his activism against the involvement of psychologists in political motivated torture.



This conference is presented by the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry and co-sponsored by the Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago.

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis is accredited by APsaA and maintains responsibility for the program. The APsaA designates a maximum of 16 hours in category 1 credit toward the Physicians Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

Psychologists: The Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago is approved by The American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credit for psychologists. The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for the program. Psychologists will be responsible for reporting their own hours to MCEP on an annual basis.

Social Workers and MFTs: The Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago is approved as a continuing education sponsor for social workers by the Department of Professional Regulation of the State of Illinois. The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning hour-for-hour credit for continuing education units. This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886494402-1950) for 16 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

Counselors: The Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago is approved as a continuing education sponsor for Professional Counselors and Clinical Professional Counselors by the Department of Professional Regulation of the State of Illinois. The Institute designates this continuing education activity as earning 16 hours Continuing Education.

Attendees must sign in and sign out of EACH section of the program, and complete and return the conference evaluation form to receive American Psychological Association continuing education credit.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.