‘Ominous Transitions’ – The Extremist: From Cambodia’s Killing Fields To Charlottesville, USA

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Presented by Dr Alexander Hinton,
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Registration 8:30 am – 9:00 am)

In March 2016, award-winning anthropologist Alex Hinton, faced off with a genocidal extremist, Pol Pot’s “Brother Number Two,” while serving as an expert witness at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. A year and a half later, white power extremists wreaked havoc in the streets of Charlottesville. Professor Hinton’s talk will bring these two events into a conversation to answer the question asked about both: why? — as well the question that began to be asked in the U.S., could it happen here? In each situation, key issues of our time – truth and denial, human dignity, hate, moral choice, and extremism – were at stake.

Past Events

Can the Earth Be sacred once again?


An evening seminar with Sean McGrath, PhD
7-9 pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2019
The Colman Building
811 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

We live in the grip of a form of anxiety unknown to Freud, Jung, and Lacan. It is not anxiety over the self, but anxiety over the world without which there would be no selves to worry about. Nature has become an issue for us, whether it be in the form of climate change, mass extinction, or the disturbing possibility that nature is over. At the same time, we despair for humanity: there appears to be no way to move from our knowledge of the current precarious state of the earth to a practice and politics that would rectify it. The despair itself immobilizes us and renders us powerless to make even the smallest efforts toward solutions. In this seminar, we will discuss the ecological anxiety of our present age and look for ways to unfreeze eco-despair by generating language to articulate our hopes and fears. We will explore in some detail the religious quality of the ecological crisis. In the end, we will ask the question: given the Anthropocene, given the Sixth Great Extinction, given the rise of the technosphere, can the earth be sacred once again?

The New School for Analytical Psychology invites you to attend our four-month seminar series:

Ominous Transitions:
Ongoing Reflections on Finding our Ethical Bearings in Today’s World

November 10, 2018 – February 9, 2019
LOCATION: 811-1st Avenue, Suite 550, Seattle, WA 98104

The tone of collective discourse has rapidly degenerated, damaging the forms and rituals that give coherence to our lives, cultures and professional disciplines contributing to a sense of communal and global unrest. In these intimate Saturday morning seminars our desire is to nourish a spirit of reflection rather than repeating the sounds of panic and alarm, or pretend hopes. Stepping back from the present situation, we will reflect on the current moment through trans-disciplinary lenses including philosophy, theology, history, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and anthropology. Together we will seek new perspectives that may help us move into an open future.

New School for Analytical Psychology invites to its Fourth Annual Public Event:

Engaging the Themes of Temporality and Shame
A Response To The Volatile Changes In Dangerous Times

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Registration from 8:30 – 9:00 am)
Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Eminent psychoanalysts Ladson Hinton, MD (USA) and Hessel Willemsen, DClinPsych (UK), the co-editors of Temporality and Shame: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (Routledge, 2017), have engaged the creative minds of scholars from diverse disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical theory, cultural studies, literature, and theology, in working together to produce this timely and urgent volume.

In their seminar, Hinton and Willemsen come together with three of the book’s chapter authors, to present their original contributions, providing a springboard for dialogue about this critical moment in history. There will be morning and afternoon sessions where each of the presenters will engage our deepest concerns about the basic ground of what it means to be human in today’s world, seen through the authors’ multi-disciplinary lenses. We hope this will stimulate your thoughts and questions, as well.

New School for Analytical Psychology Presents:

Psychocinematics! (SOLD OUT)
A Film Seminar Series with Readings

Sundays 2-6 pm: Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, 2017
Seattle University Media Screening Room, LeMieux Library

In bringing together the art of film and the art of psychotherapy, Psychocinematics! aims to open new terrain for collaborative and creative conversations about both. Each seminar includes a film viewing followed by lively discussion. The films chosen are all notable for their exceptional art, style and innovation. They ignite the imagination to dream differently about current issues, both clinical and theoretical, in our field. Adding critical depth and challenge to our collective dreaming, suggested readings of interdisciplinary interest will accompany each seminar.