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    From Children’s Sights to Our Insights: Ethiopian Children’s Drawings, Stories and Inner Lives

    Saturday, January 25, 2014
    2:30 PM

    For a study by Nathan Szajnberg, Ethiopian/Israeli six-year old children drew pictures of their lives, of their fantasies and fears, hopes and wishes. Their compelling drawings and stories will be the foundation upon which our roundtable participants will bring to bear art historical, linguistic, and psychoanalytic perspectives to explore questions of representation, the developmental issues related to the transition from visual to narrative representation, the universal and the culture-specific dimensions of human experience, and what we can learn about the inner lives of these children and of all of us.

    Participants include Theodore Shapiro, Ellen Handler Spitz and Nathan M. Szajnberg.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium

    Theodore Shapiro is Professor Emeritus at the Weill-Cornell Medical College and a practicing psychoanalyst and adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist . He is a co-principle investigator on a study of psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. He has more than 200 scholarly and research publications, is author of 7 books, and was Editor of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association from 1983-94. He has received the Rado, Brill, Hartmann, and Philip Wilson Awards and is a training/supervising analyst at New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute.

    Ellen Handler Spitz writes, teaches, and lectures on the visual, literary, and performing arts and psychology and on the aesthetic lives of children. Her background includes four years as a research candidate at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. In 2008, she was the Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs. She has, in addition, held residential fellowships at the Getty Center in Santa Monica, California, the Bunting (Radcliffe) Institute at Harvard University, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, the Camargo Foundation in France, and the Rutgers Center for Children and Childhood Studies. She is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities.

    She is the author of many articles, chapters and books, including Art and Psyche; Image and Insight; Museums of the Mind; Inside Picture Books; The Brightening Glance; Illuminating Childhood, and Freud and Forbidden Knowledge, which she co-edited. She has reviewed children’s books for The New York Times and The New Republic and contributes regularly to Artcritical: the online magazine of art and ideas. Her work has been translated into Italian, Japanese, and Serbian. Her most recent research focuses on art as illustration and on children’s aesthetic lives.

    Her website is:

    Nathan Szajnberg is the Wallerstein Research Fellow in Psychoanalysis of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, on the Faculty at New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and formerly Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Hebrew University. He is the author or editor of four books and one novella: Educating the Emotions (on Bruno Bettelheim’s ideas); Lives Across Time (with Henry Massie); Reluctant Warriors (the maturation and inner lives of elite Israeli soldiers) and Sheba and Solomon’s Return: Ethiopian Children in Israel (the foundational study for this roundtable). He studied at the University of Chicago College and Medical School, where his teachers included Bruno Bettelheim and Saul Bellow. He graduated from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a Training Analyst of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and IPA.

    His website is:

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