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White Society Colloquium: Hidden Narratives: Sally J. Freedman and the Experience of Family Trauma

Date: Sep 28, 2016 8:00 pm

Presidential Address


Speaker: Nancy Nereo, PhD

Discussant: Adrienne Harris, PhD


Judy Blume is the author of numerous popular books for children, adolescents and adults. This talk will consider Blume's most autobiographical book, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, a poignant exploration of the psychological experiences of a young Jewish girl in America during the immediate aftermath of World War II. In particular, we will examine the expression of intergenerational transmission of trauma that occurs within Sally's family. The discussion will be further supported by relevant clinical material that illustrates these processes in adult patients with a history of significant family trauma.


Nancy Nereo, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York City and the President of the William Alanson White Society.  She is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, an Associate Editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and has held positions on the Executive Committee of the Women's Mental Health Consortium.  Dr. Nereo is in private practice on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, where she sees adolescents and adults.

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is a supervisor and on the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and is a member and Training Analyst in the IPA. She is an Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies In Gender and Sexuality. In 2009, along with Lewis Aron and Jeremy Safron, she established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at The New School of New York. She is a co-editor of the book series Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis, a series now with over 60 published volumes, along with Lewis Aron, Eyal Rozmaren and Steven Kuchuck.  Dr. Harris has written on topics in gender and development, analytic subjectivity and self-care, primitive states, and the analytic community in the shadow of the First World War.  Her current work is on analytic subjectivity, on intersectional models of gender and sexuality, and on ghosts.



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