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The Myth of Prometheus: A Parable for Our Time

The name Prometheus means “forethought,” or imagination. In Greek mythology Prometheus, a Titan, stole fire from the gods to give to humankind. As a punishment for his theft, Zeus bound him to a precipice in the Caucasus, where every day an eagle fed on his liver. Prometheus bestowed a genuine gift on humanity, but he was also guilty of a transgression. In his drama Prometheus Bound (5th century B.C.) Aeschylus pointed out the benefits of the Promethean gift in the development of human consciousness and culture. Later artists and writers reconceived the figure, especially during the 19th century, and in Prometheus Unbound the Romantic poet Percy Shelley revealed the dangers of imagination and the power drive that frequently accompanies it--what Jung later would call its shadow side. Events in 20th and 21st century culture have vividly demonstrated the perils inherent in the archetype of Prometheus. We will look at re-visionings of Prometheus in the literary and visual arts as well as consider Promethean dynamics in our personal lives and clinical practices.

Date:      Friday, October 19th 2012

Place:     The Academy House (Terrace Level)
              1420 Locust Street
              Philadelphia, PA 19102

Time:     1:00pm-5:00pm (Registration & Light Lunch at 12:30)

Phone:   215-450-9941

Learning Objectives:
Upon Completion of this training, participants will be able:

  1. To understand the archetype of Prometheus as it has been conceived and depicted from classical to modern times and to define the elements that constitute it.

  2. To reflect on the presence and relevance of the myth’s dynamics in our personal lives.

  3. To examine the ways in which the archetype can manifest for workers in the helping professions—social work, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis.

  4. To recognize the need for the Promethean imagination to be bound or balanced and to consider what type of complementary energy is necessary to enable it to function creatively and positively for us.

Our Presenter: Beth Darlington, Ph.D. is a Professor of English at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. A graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, she is also a licensed and certified Jungian analyst and has a private practice in Poughkeepsie. At the Jung Center she is a member of the New York Association for Analytical Psychology, the Analytical Psychology Club, the Jung Foundation, ARAS and a former member of the Board of the C. G. Jung Institute. For the Institute, she has chaired the curriculum, outreach, and examinations committees, and she has taught both at the Institute and New York’s Jung Foundation. She is the book review editor for the Foundation’s journal “Quadrant” and has recently accepted an appointment to the Library Committee for the Center's Kristine Mann Library. Her books, articles, and lectures include work on the English Romantic poets, mythology, fairy tales, and Jungian psychology.

CE Credits
This activity is being co-sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) and The Philadelphia Jungian Professional Club. NAAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. NAAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program provides four (4) hours of CE credits for Psychologists and Social Worker Board licensees.

FEES: $125 (Enrollment is limited.)
Participants requesting CE credits will be charged an additional $20 ($5 for each credit).

To register, go to http://www.thejungclub.com.  Print out registration form and mail with check to;

      PPS, c/o Dr. Marion Rudin Frank,

      250 S.17th Street, Suite 101,

      Phila.Pa. 19103.

      Or call 215-545-7800