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Erich Fromm’s Impact on Psychoanalytic Thinking and Practice

THE (IN)SANE SOCIETY: Remembering Erich Fromm and the Frankfurt School

Erich Fromm’s Impact on Psychoanalytic Thinking and Practice


The doors of the Institute will be open by 1:30 p.m.

NPAP 40 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011, Buzzer # 216 (Between 5th and 6th Avenues) 
Handicap accessible facility The Erich Fromm Conference is open to the public without charge This second day of the Erich Fromm conference was co-organized by Mauricio Cortina (Director, Attachment and Human Development Center) and Catherine Silver of The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP). The event is co-sponsored by Lynn Chancer of the CUNY Graduate Center Sociology Department and Hunter College and NPAP Program Committee: Alan Roland (Chair), Susana Martinez, Montana Katz, Jerry Nashban and Catherine Silver.

Panel I 2:00-3:50pm

Erich Fromm’s Challenge to Freudian Orthodoxy and the Search for Continuity and Change Chair, Mauricio Cortina Speakers: Neil McLaughlin (Sociology, McMaster University) “When Worlds Collide: Optimal Marginality, Social Science and Fromm’s Revision of Freud” Jay Kwawer (William Alanson White Institute) “ ‘The Rise and Fall of the Label King’: On Marketing Narcissism” Discussant: Mauricio Cortina (Director, Attachment and Human Development Center, Washington School of Psychiatry, Washington D.C.)

Panel II 4:00-5:50pm

The Art of Listening”: Is There a “Frommian” Way to Listen In and Out of the Clinical Setting? Chair Neil McLaughlin Speakers: Alan Roland (National Psychoanalytic Association for Psychoanalysis) “The Socio-Historical, Psychoanalytic Context of Erich Fromm’s Involvement with Zen Buddhism” Sandra Buechler (William Alanson White Institute) “Choosing Life: Fromm’s Clinical Values” Discussant: Catherine Silver (The CUNY Graduate Center and the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis)

Panel III 6:00-8:20pm

Erich Fromm: The Clinician as Social Activist? Chair, Catherine Silver Speakers: Karen Morris (Institute for Expressive Analysis, New York) “The Legacy of Erich Fromm: Carrying the Corpse of Love” Daniel Shaw (The National Institute for the Psychotherapies and the Westchester Institute for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy) “Fromm’s Vision of a Sane World: Love vs. Narcissism” Discussants: Donald Carveth (Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis) Concluding comments: Lynn Chancer (Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Informal Discussion, Socializing, and Dining 8:30-10:00pm

A light collation of sandwiches, fruit, cheese and crackers, cookies, Pellegrino, and wine will be available for $20 after the panels to provide additional time for informal talk.

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