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Esu and Sisyphus: At the Crossroads of Intergenerational Complexes and Collective Racial Trauma: A workshop with Fanny Brewster

  • Saturday, June 03, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time
  • 23


  • Members who are either Seniors over 65 or Members who are Full-time students


This program WILL NOT BE recorded.

Registration closes at NOON EST. on June 2nd. 

Zoom Links will be in your confirmation email. 

Mythology underpins our archetypal sensibilities for our human lives. During our time together, we will explore how the African mythologies of Esu and those of the Greek Sisyphus merge in telling our contemporary 21st-century story of racial trauma and potential healing related to cultural racial complexes. 

The deepening of consciousness that has required us to consider the intergenerational nature of racial trauma can also require us to find the depths of our collective cultural stories in seeking solutions to racism, race, and raciality. In our discussions, we can hope to explore how, when, and to whom racialized enactments occur. We can seek within our conversations to find those places within ourselves owning personal individuation, engaged community, and collective participation. These can serve as sources of potential salvation, through finding the remedy for healing our American cultural poison of racial suffering. 


Dr. Fanny Brewster, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and holds an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction. She is the author of African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows, Archetypal Grief: Slavery’s Legacy of Intergenerational Child Loss and The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race. (Routledge) She is a published poet and author of dream related and American Culture journal articles. Her most recent book, currently in production is Race in the Unconscious: A Depth Psychology Perspective on Africanist Dreaming. (Routledge)

ZOOM LINKS: Zoom links can be found in your registration confirmation email. If you sign up before 12:00pm EST (NOON) on Friday, the day before the program, you will receive you Zoom link by Friday at 4:00pm EST. If you do not receive your link 24 hours in advance, please reach out asap directly to 

CANCELLATION: You may cancel your registration up to 1 week prior to the program.

By agreeing to enroll in an online program offered by the Jung Society of Washington, you are also agreeing to comply with our terms. This means that you cannot record (through internal or external devices) the audio, visuals (photos), or  any videos of the program. The intellectual property belongs to the presenter, and we ask you not to violate this policy. Also, we highly value the anonymity of the content of the program, of the presenters, and of individuals present in the program, and hope that everyone can contribute to a respectful and trust-building online environment. Thank you!


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