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Chautauqua & Chat with historical figures Marion Woodman and Carl Jung

In this webinar series you will learn about two historical figures: the founder of "archetypes" and the "self", and a Jungian analyst

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Each Chautauqua & Chat webinar is FREE and features a 60-minute performance by a scholar who impersonates a significant historical figure. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions of both the historical character and the scholar. 

January 15th, 4pm CST impersonation of Marion Woodman

January 17th, 7pm CST impersonation of Carl Jung


Marion Woodman (1928-2018) became a guiding light of Jungian studies through her struggles to heal anorexia nervosa in herself and eating disorders in others. After teaching high school  for 20 years, Woodman reached a crisis at the age of 40 when she could no longer endure the anorexia from which she’d suffered her entire adult life. Her attempt at healing led her to study her dreams, undertake Jungian analysis, and become a Jungian analyst herself. Woodman taught that humanity was in the process of developing a new conscious awareness, one that would require the healing of the relationship between inner feminine energies and inner masculine ones. Through her individual work with clients, as well as through workshops intended to educate a broader public, she expressed her concern for the ways in which humans consume resources and furthered her goal to make humanity more conscious of our collective impact on our environment. From her childhood as a minister’s daughter and her love of Emily Dickenson’s poetry, to her embrace of the female aspects of God, her spiritual journey confirmed to her the importance of conscious feminine awareness and paying attention to the symbols that appear in dreams in waking life.

Laura Deal brings expertise to her Chautauqua presentation of Marion Woodman from her background as a scholar, dream worker, and storyteller. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is certified through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work as a Dream Work Facilitator. She tells traditional, original, and personal tales to school children and adults. You can hear her stories on YouTube, the Story Story Podcast, the Apple Seed on BYU Radio, or on her CD, The Diffendaffer Taffy Cafe and Other Stories. She has appeared on storytelling festival stages (in person and online) from Utah to Virginia, and served as a mentor in several online storytelling camps through Youth Standing Strong Together. She has taught writing and creativity classes for more than ten years, and speaks about creativity, dreams, and metaphor. She's the author of The Newcomer's Guide to the Invisible Realm: A Journey through Dreams, Metaphor, and Imagination, and Marbles: New and Collected Poems.


Along with Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung is considered one of the most influential innovators in psychology in the 20th century.  Born in Switzerland to a pastor and his wife, Jung was trained as a physician and then as a psychoanalyst under Freud.  He and Freud parted company over Freud’s single-minded insistence on infantile sexuality as the root of all adult psychology.  Jung developed a broader sense of how human beings experience themselves and the world, which came to be known as analytical psychology.  It is grounded in his belief in what he called “archetypes,” primoridial forms that are universal aspects of the human journey to individuation, or becoming the self, symbols such as the persona, the shadow, and, encompassing the wholeness of the individual, the self.  He also created theories of contrasexual gender elements (i.e. the anima, the feminine side of men, and the animus, the masculine side of women, which, while revised today to reflect less binary understandings of gender, remain influential).  He is also known for his theory of personality types, which were adapted for the highly influential Myers-Briggs Inventory, giving rise to such concepts as introversion and extraversion.  Controversial during his lifetime for some questionable relationships with Nazism, it has recently been revealed that he served as a counteragent for the US and the Allies during World War II.  He died in 1961.

Bruce Henderson is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Ithaca College, where he taught for over thirty years, including five years as department chair and six as coordinator of the program in Culture and Communication.  He also served for a semester as the Herron Faculty Endowed Professor of Communication at Villanova University. He received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. in Interpretation/Performance Studies at Northwestern University, where he also performed in numerous productions.  He also holds the Ph.D. in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently enrolled in the M.A./Ph.D. program in Depth Psychology (Jungian and Archetypal Emphasis) at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  He is the co-author with Carol Simpson Stern of two textbooks in performance studies and sole author of one in queer studies, as well as co-editor of a volume of essays on disability studies and performance studies; he is also past editor of Text and Performance Quarterly and Disability Studies Quarterly.  His writing focuses on 20th and 21st century literature in English, currently emphasizing gay male literature and archetypal studies.He is a recipient of the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies from the National Communication Association, the Lambda Award from the LGBT Caucus of that association, the Distinguished Service Award from the Performance Studies Division; he also received the Faculty Excellence Award from Ithaca College.  He lives in Ithaca, NY, with his husband, the psychologist Daryl J. Bem.


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However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally.

Therefore, our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University.

To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

Humanities North Dakota classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities

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