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January 30, 2012

Symposium on Carl Jung and Aging To Be Held March 28

Sponsored by AARP Foundation

A symposium titled "Jung and Aging: Bringing to Life the Possibilities and Potentials for Vital Aging," which will explore the work of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) and its meaning to an aging population, will be held at the Library of Congress from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. The "Jung and Aging" symposium, which is made possible by a generous contribution from AARP Foundation, will take place in the Library’s James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., in the Montpelier Room located on the building’s sixth floor. Hosted jointly by the Library of Congress and the Jung Society of Washington, the symposium is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required at jungsymp@loc.gov.

"Jung and Aging" will be moderated by Aryeh Maidenbaum, a Jungian analyst and director of the New York Center for Jungian Studies. Dr. Lionel Corbett, a faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif., will deliver the plenary address in which he will discuss Jungian contributions to psychological development in later life. Two panels of experts will discuss the psychological and gerontological applications of these contributions. A third panel will address the role of spirituality in the second half of life.

This is the second Library of Congress symposium about Jung. The first was held in conjunction with the exhibition, "The Red Book of Carl G. Jung: Its Origins and Influence," which was on display at the Library June 17-Sept. 25, 2010. The exhibition, which may be viewed online at http://myloc.gov/exhibitions/redbook/, featured Jung’s famous "Red Book." The 205-page illustrated manuscript—in the author’s own hand—records the creation of the seminal theories that Jung developed after his 1913 split with Sigmund Freud, and explores its place in Jung’s work through related items from the Library’s collections. The Jung symposium held at the Library on June 19, 2010, may be viewed at www.loc.gov/webcasts/.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org (external link) .

The Jung Society of Washington is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt educational membership society open to all who are interested in learning more about the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung. The Society offers a variety of programs for the general public, mental health professionals, social workers, psychologists and analysts. Its programs focus on the richness and depth of Jung’s work and the opportunity for personal growth. For more information, go to www.jung.org (external link) .

Symposium Panelists

  • Margaret Wilkinson is a Jungian analyst practicing in London and an expert in brain plasticity.
  • Joseph Cambray, Ph.D., is an analyst practicing in Rhode Island. He is president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, consulting editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School Center for Psychoanalytic Studies.
  • Robert Langs, M.D., is a New York City psychoanalytic psychotherapist and developer of the reality-centered paradigm of psychoanalysis.
  • Kelley Macmillan, Ph.D., MSW, is a clinical assistant professor and chair of the Aging Specialization at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore.
  • Mary McDonald, M.D., specializes in geriatric medicine at the Washington Hospital Center Medical House Call Program.
  • Gay Hanna, Ph.D., is executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, D.C.
  • Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst practicing in Washington, D.C.
  • Christina Puchalski, M.D, is a geriatric physician and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health in Washington, D.C.

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PR 12-026
01/30/12
ISSN 0731-3527

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