By and About our Members
Members of our analytic community have, as usual, been active and productive in recent months!
The Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society continues to draw many members and guests to its Friday evening programs at the Petite Auberge restaurant in Toco Hill, thanks to the careful planning and hard work of program co-chairs Kendle Hassinger and Stefanie Speanburg. One example was the standing-room only crowd at our December program on the HBO series In Treatment, which was moderated by candidate Laura Westen and featured discussants Sybil Ginsburg, Karen Schwartz, and John “Mickey” Nardo.
The Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute held a retreat in late February focusing on the theme of research in the field of psychoanalysis. Efforts to bring evidence-based approaches to psychoanalytic research have been long in coming, so the presence at the retreat of EUPI’s own Andy Miller, Jared DeFife, and Ricky Gillespie, who are also researchers in Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, generated much enthusiasm.
Movie Mania, the psychoanalytic film series jointly sponsored by the Foundation, the Institute, and Emory University’s Psychoanalytic Studies Program, will be concluding its 25th anniversary year this Spring. For the past five of those years, Movie Mania has been under the adroit leadership of Charlie Zapf, who has not only expanded the program but drawn record crowds to Emory’s White Hall for Friday evenings at the movies. Charlie, who will be stepping down from his job as film series coordinator at the end of this season, leaves big shoes to fill!
Our membership continues to have a substantial presence at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. At the January 2012 meeting in New York, Patrick Haggard co-chaired the APsaA discussion group, Emerging Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and presented a paper at the LGBT Committee Sponsored Workshop. Steve Levy, current editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, shared his editorial expertise as a discussant for the Candidate Writing Workshop, “Learn to Write for Journals, Presentations, and Scientific Paper Prizes.” Bobby Paul, as Chair of the Committee on Research and Special Training (CORST), announced the CORST 2011 Essay Prize Winner in Psychoanalysis and Culture (who is Marcelo Zigaran of Houston, selected for his paper, Music as an Expression of a Drive). Bobby also co-chaired the discussion group, Psychoanalysis and the Humanities and Social Sciences: The CORST Contribution, which featured our own candidate Peter Rudnytsky for his paper, The Etiology of Psychoanalysis: Freud’s Abuser, Sibling Incest, and the Affair with Minna Bernays. Peter, for his part, continues to chair the discussion group, History of Psychoanalysis, which this year focused on the theme of “Freud as Memoirist” (and featured author Madelon Sprengnether). Beth Seelig presented a paper at the discussion group, The Analyst’s Consultation Experience: Planning Termination and Post-Termination Contact.
We maintain a presence in our national organization in other ways as well. Beth Seelig, former EUPI director who is now Secretary of APsaA, recently had the pleasure of announcing new members of the organization, many of whom come from our own Institute! Congratulations to new APsaA candidate members Carla Bauer, Nadia Sawicki, Nisha Shah, and Susan Spencer, and also to new APsaA active members Susan Chance, Mark Corsale, Yudit Jung, and Bruce Rudisch!
On the home front, town-gown collaborations continue to thrive in our community. Lisa Rosof, who maintains a private practice in Atlanta, is a new addition to the staff at the Emory University Student Health Services clinic. There Lisa joins another of our analysts, Bobby Elliott, in offering dynamically-grounded psychiatric treatment to Emory students. Other psychoanalysts in private practice, Susan Chance and Bruce Rudisch (who along with Bobby Elliott graduated from the EUPI’s psychoanalytic training program last November), recently co-taught a class in Prof. Claire Nouvet’s Emory Psychoanalytic Studies Program course.
Finally, we note the ongoing generosity of members of our community. Thanks to donations to the Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society’s Paper Prize fund by Sammye Brown, Lucie Klein-Coulton, Peter Rudnytsky, and Ralph Roughton, the Society was able once again to offer a biennial paper prize of $400, which this year is awarded to EUPI core curriculum candidate Kira Walsh.