Featured Speakers

JEFFREY BERMAN is a Professor of English at the University of Albany and trained as a research scholar at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in New York City. In addition to being the author of Joseph Conrad: Writing as Rescue (Astra Books 1977) and the important and wide-ranging books The Talking Cure: Literary Representations of Psychoanalysis (NYU, 1987) and Narcissism and the Novel (NYU, 1990), Professor Berman has written a trilogy of groundbreaking pedagogical works, Diaries to an English Professor: Pain and Growth in the Classroom (Massachusetts, 1994), Surviving Literary Suicide (Massachusetts, 1999), and Risky Writing: Self-Disclosure and Self-Transformation in the Classroom. Professor Berman will address the conference at the luncheon on Saturday.

RITA CHARON holds an M.D. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia, where she is Director of the Narrative Medicine Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Originator of the term "narrative medicine," Dr. Charon is, with Maura Spiegel, the coeditor of the journal Literature and Medicine, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. In addition to being the author of many articles and book chapters, Dr. Charon is coauthor, with Robert J. Demarest, of An Illustrated Guide to Human Reproduction and Fertility Control (CRC-Parthenon, 1996), and coeditor, with Martha Montello, of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics (Routledge, 2002).

JODY MESSLER DAVIES is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. She is a founding member and vice president of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the coeditor, with Neil Altman, of Psychoanalytic Dialogues: A Journal of Relational Perspectives. Dr. Davies is the coauthor, with Mary Gail Frawley, of Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (Basic, 1994), and is currently at work on Relational Bonds, Dissociative Barriers: Transformations of Desire and Despair in Psychoanalysis.


LYNN GAMWELL has a Ph.D. in art history from UCLA, she directs the Art Museum of the State University of New York at Binghamton, and she is curator of the Gallery of Art and Science at the New York Academy of Sciences. She has curated the following exhibitions, for which she also edited and was an author of the exhibition catalogues: Sigmund Freud and Art: His Personal Collection of Antiquities (Abrams, 1989), Madness in America: Cultural and Medical Perceptions of Mental Illness before 1914 (Cornell, 1994), and Dreams 1900-2000: Science, Art, and the Unconscious Mind (Cornell, 2000). For Dreams Gamwell was awarded the Gradiva Prize ("Best Historical Writing") by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She has also written a book on the impact of science on modern art, Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science, and the Spiritual (Princeton, 2002), which George Steiner named a "Book of the Year" for the Times Literary Supplement. She is currently writing a companion volume on the impact of mathematics on modern art, Searching for Certainty: Art, Mathematics, and Human Reason (Princeton, 2005).


SANDER L. GILMAN is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, having previously held the Goldwin Smith Professorship of Humane Studies at Cornell University. Professor Gilman is the author of over fifty books, including Seeing the Insane (Wiley, 1982), Difference and Pathology: Stereotypes of Sexuality, Race and Madness (Cornell, 1985), Jewish Self-Hatred: Anti-Semitism and the Hidden Language of the Jews (Johns Hopkins, 1986), Disease and Representation: Images of Illness from Madness to AIDS (Cornell, 1988), Sexuality: An Illustrated History (Wiley, 1989), The Case of Sigmund Freud: Medicine and Identity at the Fin de Siecle (Johns Hopkins, 1993), Freud, Race, and Gender (Princeton, 1993), Franz Kafka: The Jewish Patient (Routledge, 1995), The Fortunes of the Humanities: Thoughts for After the Year 2000 (Stanford, 2000), and Making the Body Beautiful (Princeton, 2001). A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize of the Humboldt Foundation, Professor Gilman was President of the Modern Language Association in 1995.

GEOFFREY H. HARTMAN is Sterling Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University.  Among his many books are The Unmediated Vision: An Interpretation of Wordsworth, Hopkins, Rilke, and Valéry (Yale, 1954), Wordsworth's Poetry, 1797 - 1814 (Yale, 1964), for which he received the Christian Gauss Award, Beyond Formalism: Literary Essays 1958 - 1970 (Yale, 1970), The Fate of Reading and Other Essays (Chicago, 1975), Criticism in the Wilderness: The Study of Literature Today (Yale, 1980), Saving the Text: Literature, Derrida, Philosophy (Johns Hopkins, 1981), Easy Pieces (Columbia, 1985), Minor Prophecies: The Literary Essay in the Culture Wars (Harvard, 1991), The Longest Shadow: In the Aftermath of the Holocaust (Indiana, 1996), The Fateful Question of Culture (Columbia, 1998), and Scars of the Spirit: The Struggle against Inauthenticity (Palgrave, 2002).

NORMAN N. HOLLAND is Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar of English and founder of the Institute for Psychological Study of the Arts at the University of Florida. Among his many books are Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare (McGraw-Hill, 1966), The Dynamics of Literary Response (Oxford, 1968), Poems in Persons: An Introduction to the Psychoanalysis of Literature (Norton, 1973), Five Readers Reading (Yale, 1975), The Critical I (Yale, 1985), The Brain of Robert Frost: A Cognitive Approach to Literature (Routledge, 1988), and Death in a Delphi Seminar: A Postmodern Mystery (SUNY, 1995). Professor Holland will serve a respondent to the talk by Jeffrey Berman at lunch on Saturday.


DAVID B. MORRIS is University Professor at the University of Virginia.  He is the author of The Religious Sublime: Christian Poetry and Critical Tradition in Eighteenth-Century England (University Press of Kentucky, 1972), Alexander Pope: The Genius of Sense (Harvard University Press, 1984), for which he received the Gottschalk Prize, and Earth Warrior: Overboard with Paul Weston and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Fulcrum, 1995).  He has developed his "biocultural" perspective in The Culture of Pain (University of California Press, 1991), for which he received a PEN Prize, and Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age (University of California Press, 2000).  Professor Morris will lead the concluding round table discussion of the conference on Sunday morning.

BENNETT SIMON is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is the author of Mind and Madness in Ancient Greece: The Classical Roots of Modern Psychiatry (Cornell, 1980) and Tragic Drama and the Family: Psychoanalytic Studies from Aeschylus to Beckett (Yale, 1988). He is the editor, with Roberta J. Apfel, of Minefields in Their Hearts: The Mental Health of Children in War and Communal Violence (Yale, 1966); and, with Elizabeth Lunbeck, of Family Romance, Family Secrets: Case Notes from an American Psychoanalysis, 1912 (Yale, 2002).

MARK SOLMS is an Associate Member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society, an Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine, and a Lecturer in Psychology at University College, London. His books include The Neuropsychology of Dreams: A Clinco-Anatomical Study (Erlbaum, 1997), Clinical Studies in Neuro-Psychoanalysis: Introduction to a Depth Neuropsychology (Other Press, 2000), coauthored with Karen Kaplan-Solms, and, with Oliver Turnbull, The Brain and the Inner World: An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Subjective Experience (Other Press, 2002). Having coedited, with Michael Saling, A Moment of Transition: Two Neuroscientific Articles by Sigmund Freud (Karnac, 1990), Dr. Solms is currently editing and translating the forthcoming Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols.) and the Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.

ABRAHAM VERGHESE is Director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. He is the author of My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and Its People in the Age of AIDS (Simon and Schuster, 1994) and The Tennis Partner: A Doctor's Story of Friendship and Loss (HarperCollins, 1998). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Dr. Verghese has published work in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Sports Illustrated, and many medical journals.

FRANS B. M. DE WAAL is Candler Professor of Psychology and Director of Living Links at the Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University. He is the author of Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex among Apes (Harper and Row, 1982), Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (California, 1997), Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals (Harvard, 1996), and The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist (Basic, 2001). He is the editor of Tree of Origin: What Primate Behavior Can Tell Us about Human Social Evolution (Harvard, 2001). Professor de Waal will be the speaker at the conference banquet on Friday evening.


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