This group focuses on the theory, history, and practice of the “talking cure,” inviting both scholars and practicing psychoanalysts to lead discussions around a precirculated text. The theme for this year will be “Race and Psychoanalysis.

For RSVP and more information, comments or suggestions, please contact Eli P. Mandel.


1. Andrea Greenman, PhD

Friday, October 20, 2017. 4:00-5:30 p.m. 
241 Central Park West, Manhattan.

"First Meetings in Psychoanalysis"

Selected readings by Sheldon Bach, Stefano Bolognini, Rudi Vermote, and Sigmund Freud.

2. Donald Moss, M.D.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018. 7:00-8:30 p.m.
80 University Place, Manhattan.

"Mapping Racism"

Reading: Moss, Donald (2006). "Mapping Racism". Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LXXV., pp. 271-294.

3. David Lichtenstein, PhD

Wed., Feb. 28, 2018. 7:00-8:30 p.m.
80 University Place, 5A, Manhattan.

"The Return to the Source in the Freudian Drive"

Lacan. Chapters 13 & 14 from The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis (Book XI of Lacan's Seminars) NY: Norton. pp. 161-186.

Freud. Instincts and their Vicissitudes. SE vol. XIV, pp. 109-140. 

Freud. Chapter II from An Outline of Psycho-Analysis. SE vol. XXIII, pp. 148-151.

Suggested Reading: Beyond the Pleasure Principle. SE vol. XVIII, pp. 7-66.

4. Jared Russell, PhD

Friday, March 9, 2018. 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location TBA.

"The Spectrality of the Clinical Frame"


José Bleger (1967). "Psycho-analysis of the Psycho-analytic Frame". International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 48(4), pp. 511-9. 

Sigmund Freud (1912). "Recommendations to Physicians Practicing Psycho-Analysis". S.E. XII, pp. 109-120.