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White Society Colloquium: Billie Pivnick, Ph.D., Esther Sperber, Award-winning Architect

Date: Nov 11, 2015 8:00 pm

The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology cordially invites you to the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society 2015-2016 Colloquium Series:


Home and the Poetics of Space


Speakers: Billie Pivnick, Ph.D., Esther Sperber, M.A. Award-winning Architect
Moderators: Sarah Schoen, Ph.D.



Billie A. Pivnick, Ph.D. is a psychoanalytic psychologist in private practice in New York City, specializing in treating children and families confronting difficulties with traumatic loss, including those that result from adoption and mass catastrophe.  She is faculty and supervisor in the WAWI Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, The New Directions Program in Psychoanalytic Writing, and the Columbia University Teachers College Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program. Dr. Pivinick served as Consulting Psychologist to Thinc Design, the exhibition designers partnered with the National September 11 Memorial Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Winner of the Division 39 Section Five 2015 Schillinger Memorial Essay Award for,Spaces to Stand In: Applying  Clinical Psychoanalysis to the Relational Design of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Dr. Pivnick is the author of numerous articles published in major refereed journals.

Esther Sperber: After working with architect I. M. Pei for five years, Esther Sperber founded Studio ST Architects in 2003 – an award winning firm dedicated to exploring the embedded logic of materials and structures to generate new spatial experiences. Esther has been writing and lecturing on architecture and psychoanalysis, two fields in which theory and practice collaborate to reduce human distress and widen the range of individual and social experiences. Her design work has been published in numerous architectural magazines and monographs in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Studio ST was selected by Wallpaper magazine as one of the “World’s 50 Hottest Young Architectural Firms.” Esther Sperber has written and lectured on architecture and psychoanalysis, two fields in which theory and practice collaborate to reduce human distress and widen the range of individual and social experiences.  Her work has been published in the New York Times, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychoanalytic Perspectives and Lilith Magazine.

Sarah Schoen, Ph.D., is Supervising Analyst and faculty, as well Steering Committee member of Eating Disorders Compulsions and Addictions Program, William Alanson White Institute. She is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and an invited speaker at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.



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Registration is free but space is limited. RSVP Online

Dues paid by members of the William Alanson White Society help fund our the programs in our Colloquia Series. Voluntary contributions from non- Institute registrants will be gratefully accepted. Make a donation here, we suggest $20 to help us defray our expenses.


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