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Freud, Secularism, and Jewish History

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5:30 p.m.

The Jewish Cultural Studies series presents a public panel on Sigmund Freud and Jewish history. As the inventor of psychoanalysis, a prominent secularist, and an essayist on human nature and modern life, Freud was incontestably one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of modern times. But what role should his work play in Jewish intellectual history? How did Freud himself write a secular history of the Jewish people, and to what effect? Panelists discuss Freud’s place in Jewish history, his contributions to secularism, and his impact on American culture.

Speakers include David Aberbach, author of Surviving Trauma: Loss, Literature, and Psychoanalysis and Turning Points in Jewish Intellectual History; Richard H. Armstrong, author of A Compulsion for Antiquity: Freud and the Ancient World; and Andrew R. Heinze, author of Jews and the American Soul and Adapting to Abundance: Jewish Immigrants, Mass Consumption, and the Search for American Identity. Moderated by Richard J. Bernstein, author of Freud and the Legacy of Moses.


Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Free; seating is limited; reservations required by emailing


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