David Bell Lecture - Civilization and Its Discontents: A Contemporary Perspective

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Program Committee of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and The Psychoanalytic Workshop at The New School present a lecture by Dr. David Bell on Civilization and Its Discontents: A Contemporary Perspective.

Why are we unhappy? Why are we driven to act so destructively against others, even against our own best interests? These questions raised by Sigmund Freud in Civilization and Its Discontents, remain as important today as they were in 1930. David Bell will explore Freud’s paper and in so doing will ask what kind of social structures might serve to contain our destructiveness and support the better side of our nature, and what are likely to serve the opposite aim – fan the flames of destructiveness and limit our capacity for a more creative engagement with the world.

David Bell is a training and supervising analyst and has just stood down as President of the British Psychoanalytic Society. He is a consultant psychiatrist in the Adult Department at the Tavistock Clinic and a professorial fellow at Birkbeck College University of London. Author of Paranoia and editor of Reason and Passion and Psychoanalysis and Culture, Bell is also one of the UK’s leading psychiatric experts in asylum and immigration.

With welcoming remarks by Arthur Pomponio, president, NPAP Training Institute and  Todd Kesselman, Psychoanalytic Workshop, The New School. Commentary by Martin Stone, member-in-training, NPAP; professor of Law, Cardozo Law School; adjunct professor of Philosophy, NSSR. 

Light fare will be served.


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

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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