Donald Winnicott reminds us that home is Where We Start From and Thomas Wolfe warns us that We Can’t Go Home Again. Home — whether a physical reality set in place and time, or an image experienced in our internal world — is populated by persons, experiences and memories, real and imagined, that may lead us towards transformation — or not. In this weekend, we will use the widest and most personal definitions for HOME to explore from within, from without, and from in-between. According to Jacques Lacan, we are touched and spoken about long before we are fed by our mothers and others, and, as we know, the world — the HOME — we come into is beyond our making. We may enter a world at war or at peace and into a particular place, caste, or class that informs what we do and say and think as well as what we pass along to our children.
This weekend will explore the multifold meanings of home for both the analytic session and the writer’s space and this weekend’s discussions will explore interpretations and variations on this theme.
SHARON ALPEROVITZ, MSW and EVELYN SCHREIBER, PHD
DEBORAH ANNA LUEPNITZ, PHD is on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the author of three books: Child Custody, The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Family Therapy, and Schopenhauer’s Porcupines: Intimacy and its Dilemmas. She founded IFA — Insight for All — which connects psychoanalysts in the community in pro bono work with formerly homeless adults at Project H.O.M.E.
NANCY MCWILLIAMS, PHD is the author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process, “The Woman Who Hurt Too Much to Talk,” and “Preserving Our Humanity As Therapists.” Dr. McWilliams has also written widely on sex and gender, trauma, and intensive psychotherapy. Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey; The National Training Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City.
FAYE MOSKOWITZ is a professor of English at the George Washington University, is author of the memoirs, A Leak in the Heart, And The Bridge is Love, and Peace in the House. Her short story collection is Whoever Finds This: I Love You. She is the editor of Her Face in the Mirror: Jewish Women on Mothers and Daughters. A former commentator on “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio, her poems, essays, book reviews and short stories have been widely published.
EVELYN JAFFE SCHREIBER, PHD is an Associate Professor of English at The George Washington University in Washington, D. C. She is a co-chair of the New Directions Program. Her book Subversive Voices: Erotizing the Other in William Faulkner and Toni Morrison examines subjectivity and race via the theory of Jacques Lacan and Cultural Studies. It received the Toni Morrison Society Book Prize for best book on Morrison in 2000-2003 and it was nominated for the MLA prize for best book in 2003. Her current manuscript, forthcoming this fall, is Race, Trauma and Home in the Novels of Toni Morrison. It is an interdisciplinary study of trauma in Morrison’s fiction.