Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a Canadian psychologist, author, and professor at the University of Toronto, and in 2016 he became involved in the political arena after releasing a series of YouTube videos. Professor Peterson teaches two classes at the U of T, “Maps of Meaning,” and “Personality and its Transformations,” where he lectures with great conviction and clarity on mythology, belief, ideology, the connection between religion and science, meaning, morality, the state, and the individual. In his class that shares its title with his book, Maps of Meaning, Peterson endeavors to show what happened in the conflicts of the 20th century and to educate students about the role they play in the destiny of society, as well as to understand what the individual can do to avoid the temptations of hopeless nihilism on the one hand, and totalitarianism on the other. Among his influences Carl Jung is prominent, and the perspective of Depth Psychology figures heavily. Shane Cawelti will present an overview of Peterson’s work and ideas, exploring the importance of individual choice, honesty, authenticity, and the revivification of the father.
Back by popular demand…Lisa leads us in theatrical dream interpretation. Some approaches to dream interpretation suggest that the dreamer is the director of his or her own movie and plays all the roles. Nevertheless, it can still be difficult to interpret some dreams. So we will use the technique of Montague Ullman to choose a dream of a participant and have the dreamer become “the director” and bring the dream to life by directing volunteers who will enact the drama of the dream. Bring a dream to share and possibly have acted out. This is a powerful (and fun) way to gain insight into those disconcerting dreams.