The Jung Center to Host Poetry Lecture Series

July 11, 2011


McGovern Center Fellow, Michael Lieberman, M.D., Ph.D., will present two lectures on poetry. These lectures are free to UTHealth students who register through the McGovern Center.

"Everyone's a Poety: How our Intrinsic Biology and Psychology Summon Us to Poetry"
Michael Lieberman, M.D., Ph.D.
September 20 & 27
5:45 — 7:15 pm
Per lecture: $20 ($15 Jung Center members)

Our lives are filled with poetry, and yet we often fail to recognize it. Metaphor is everywhere from the Ford Mustang to the Hyundai Sonata. We will investigate the origins of poetry and how its very ubiquity obscures its presence.

Lecture one will examine evidence from neurobiology and evolutionary biology, which places the origins of poetry deep within the mammalian brain and our evolutionary past. The archaeological record and our oldest written texts suggest poetry has been with us for at least fifty thousand years. Poetry is seen as an essential human activity.

Lecture two will examine the evidence that the collective unconscious, as Jung conjectured, is anchored in our primate past. Inborn needs for the mother, the shock of separation, and the hero/wanderer examples of how archetypal processes stem from biology and are expressed unconsciously in our poetry.

These lectures are designed for a general audience and will use non-technical language.

Michael Lieberman is a research physician with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry who has published five collection sof poems, the most recent of which is Far-From-Equilibrium Conditions. His first novel will appear next year. He has also completed a two-year cycle of courses in Jungian Studies jointly offered by Saybrook University (San Francisco) and the Jung Center of Houston.

~ Angela Polczynski

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