by Barbara Black
The Canadian Psychoanalytic Society has been holding a
public film and book series for a modest audience for about 20 years,
but when they started holding it at Concordia, there was a leap in attendance.
We were holding it at the Societys venue on Côte-des-Neiges
and getting about 20 people, said organizer Brian Greenfield.
Three years ago, I said, Lets put ourselves in the community.
I contacted Dr. Lowy, and he was extremely receptive to giving the series
at the university. Now we are getting about 130 people at each event.
Concordia Rector Frederick Lowy is a psychiatrist and a member of the
The biggest increase in the audience for the films and talks on aspects
of psychoanalysis has been in the number of students. Dr. Greenfield has
been supervising students in Concordias Creative Arts Therapies
program, and many of these students join his crisis intervention team
at the Montreal Childrens Hospital.
However, the students who make up about 30 per cent of the audience for
this series come from all disciplines, including business, and from other
Montreal universities and CEGEPs.
The organizers do their best to make psychoanalysis accessible. For example,
last fall they sponsored a talk on the Harry Potter phenomenon.
We want to familiarize people with the friendly language of psychoanalysis,
Greenfield said. A lot of people have opinions about Freud, but
have never read his work.
Of course, there are any number of analytic schools, with a broad
range of ideas, and in the series, we try to attach these ideas to clinical
and real-life experience for the average person.
The following films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the J.A. DeSève
Cinema, 1400 de Maisonneuve W.:
April 20: Like Water for Chocolate
Film uses sophisticated and sensual Mexican cuisine as a metaphoric background
to a story about mothers and daughters. Presenter: Gabriel a Legorreta,
April 27: The Cider House Rules
Complex themes of abandonment, caregiving, coming of age. Presenter: Stephen
May 4: The King of Masks
Chinese film about an old street magician searching for an heir. Presenter:
Allannah Furlong, PhD.
Also, on May 11, at 7 p.m., in Room 937 of the Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Dr. Harvey Giesbrecht will give a lecture
and lead a discussion on dreams.