The Power and Meaning of Personal Stories, Told and Untold

Four Wednesdays, January 30, February 6, 13, and 20, 6:30–8:00 P.M. | The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Boulevard, 77006

A collaboration between The Houston Seminar and The Jung Center

Stories are what we tell ourselves and others. They are how we communicate and share the things that are most important to us. There are also personal stories that we do not tell.  This course will discuss the concept of one’s “untold stories” and how we are often unaware of the psychological and spiritual meaning they hold.  Our speakers will explore the role of memory in telling one’s personal stories and discuss how they are expressed in works of fiction, non-fiction, and the visual arts.

January 30:  The Power of Untold Stories 
Dr. James Hollis, a Jungian analyst, will discuss the dynamics and psychological consequences of one’s personal stories. 

February 6: The Spiritual Ramifications of Personal Stories 
The Rev. Pittman McGehee will speak on the spiritual aspects of our personal narratives.

February 13: The Role of Personal Stories in Literature
Professor Terrence Doody will use Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Award–winning novel, The Sense of an Ending, to discuss the telling of personal stories in literature.

February 20: Personal Stories as Images in the Visual Arts
Lynn Randolph will discuss personal story images in her own paintings as well as those of the patients she works with at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

James Hollis, Ph.D., received his doctorate from Drew University and taught humanities for 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Houston, where he served as executive director of The Jung Center from 1997 until 2008.  He is a professor for Saybrook University and the Pacifica Graduate Institute and also teaches at the Jung Center. 

J. Pittman McGehee is an Episcopal priest and former dean of Christ Church Cathedral.  In 1991 he resigned that office in order to train as a Jungian analyst.  He received his diploma in l997 and currently is in private practice in Houston.  He is a published poet and essayist and the author or co-author of The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are; Raising Lazarus: The Science of Healing the Soul; Words Made Flesh; and The Paradox of Love. He teaches at the University of Houston and lectures frequently in the fields of psychology and religion. 

Terrence Doody, Ph.D., who holds a doctorate from Cornell University, is a professor of English at Rice University and the author of Confession and Community in the Novel and Among Other Things: A Description of the Novel. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation. He teaches courses in the modernist period, the novel and narrative theory, contemporary literature, and poetry. He has been the recipient of many teaching awards at Rice, including the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, which he has won eight times.

Lynn Randolph is a Houston-based artist who has exhibited her work widely in Texas and the U.S. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study (1989-1990). Her work is in the National Museum of Women in Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Menil Collection, the San Antonio Museum of Art; the Arizona State University Museum, the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College; the Harvard Divinity School; and many private collections. A five-year collaboration with cultural critic Donna Haraway produced the book, Modest Witness@Second Millennium: FemaleMan Meets OncoMouse.  She is currently artist in residence at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she works on the palliative care unit.



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Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


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