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AMERICAN SOUL: Part 1- The Soul of Terror/The Terror of Soul, Part 2- America's Involvement in the Middle East, Workshop, Ron Schenk

  • Saturday, September 23, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Butler Board Room, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington D.C. 20016


  • Members who are either seniors over 65 or full time students with ID

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Saturday Workshop, Part 1: The Soul of Terror/ The Terror of Soul

Across cultures and throughout the ages the quality we call “terror” has marked humankind’s encounter with aspects of psychological life larger than consciousness can hold. The heavens, earth, gods, beauty – all seem to demand and get blood. Terror lies at the foundation of fundamental human enterprises of religion, politics, and economy. What marks terrorism as especially terrifying is the intimate setting of the violent encounter, almost as if it came from us…and, in fact, close psychological examinations of terroristic events reveal the underlying complicity of terrorist and victim. This presentation, accompanied by images, will be an exploration of the archetypal basis of a phenomenon that has caught contemporary fascination, while its roots extend into the depths of the psyche.

Saturday Workshop, Part 2: An Overview of America's Involvement in the Middle East

Archetypes such as "terror" do not appear randomly, rather there are specific conscious attitudes and actions which evoke them. In the cultural sphere we might call these attitudes and actions cultural complexes. The history of American involvement in the Middle East has been marked by a sense of superiority, self-interest at the expense of a foreign people, and a consistent ignorance regarding the perspective and values of its culture. In this presentation we will look at American attitudes and actions regarding the Middle East to see how they have played their part in bringing about terrorist activity.

Ronald Schenk, MSW, Ph.D., trained in Jungian Analysis with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, where he has been a senior training analyst for many years and acted in several administrative capacities, most recently serving as President. Ron practices in Dallas and Houston, and teaches at various institutions around the country.  His interests are in clinical training, cultural psychology, and post-modernism. In addition to numerous essays on a variety of topics, most recently cities, anger, language, and complexity theory, he has published four books—The Soul of Beauty: A Psychological Investigation of Appearance; Dark Light: The Appearance of Death in Everyday Life; The Sunken Quest, The Wasted Fisher; The Pregnant Fish: Post-modern Reflections on Depth Psychology and American Soul: A Cultural Narrative.

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