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WISEWOMAN FORUM: Mythology and Star Wars presented by Druscilla French

  • Saturday, March 12, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom

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Sigmund Freud mentored C. G. Jung, who mentored Joseph Campbell, who mentored George Lucas, who mentored a couple generations of filmmakers and film-goers. 

The promise of Joe Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces is that there is one universal myth that is found in all religions, in all cultures. This “monomyth” reflects the essential nature of what it means to be human and offers hope for peace in a diverse, violent world. The promise of Lucas’s Star Wars films is that this mythology can be retold in a way that resonates with a disenchanted, disillusioned contemporary generation. 

Is this hope justified, or have we been deluded by our faith in the heroic myth? We will take a closer look at the story of the heroic journey and consider recent critiques. 

Druscilla French, Ph.D. is a cultural mythologist whose fields of study include Depth Psychology, Mythology, Literature, Film, and Women’s Studies. She is a graduate of UNC-CH, with an undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s degree in Communication. She completed her Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She is the author of the Celtic Wheel of the Year Series of novels, the most recent being Divining Women, released this month and available on Amazon.


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