James Palmer, Ph.D.

The King’s Speech: Persona Meets Shadow

September 5, 2014



The Kings speech is the story of King George VI of the United Kingdom and his ascension to the throne after the abdication of his brother and the speech therapist who helped him overcome his speech impediment.  This lecture could be called The King’s Speech—A Jungian Take because it explores the development of personality through the lens of CG Jung’s psychological concepts. The film will not be screened but there will be lots of scene analyses from a Jungian perspective.

James Palmer is professor emeritus of Film Studies and a President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  After 43 years of teaching at CU and the past 16 years as director of the Conference on World Affairs, he is now doing R & R, writing and recreating. For many years he taught his favorite course, Jung, Film, and Literature and a century ago, he graduated with an undergraduate degree in English from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. in Film and Literature from Claremont Graduate School. His articles on Jung and film have appeared in several journals, including Spring, Psychological Perspectives, Literature/Film Quarterly and Jung Journal.




Stephen J. Foster, MA, LPC, Jungian Analyst

Environmental Contamination and the Nature Archetype

Friday, October 3, 2014

As a species, we are part of nature, and our self-awareness or consciousness emerged out of what the ethnologist Lucian Levy-Bruhl called a state of “participation mystique,” or an unconscious merging with nature. Our early myths reflect our separation from nature, some through attempted masculine domination or disregard for the feminine Goddess in various forms. The archetypal forces that act on us reflect our instinctual beginnings in nature and our emerging human consciousness.  We all have complexes about our homes, our environment, and the earth.  And the Nature Archetype is at their core of these complexes.  This lecture will discuss the Nature Archetype and associated nature complexes.


In his nature writing, Jung reflects on the work of the alchemists to describe the concept of the Anima Mundi, or World Soul, and to provide an image of the Earth as animated.  In a similar vein, the more modern Gaia Theory conceptualizes the Earth as a single organism in space.  Both concepts change the view of earth as an “Object,” to earth as “Subject.”  This presentation will discuss how these perspectives can enter into group psychology where issues of environmental dumping and environmental cleanup are concerned. 

Stephen Foster graduated from the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analyst’s and has a private practice in Boulder Colorado.  He is the author of the book Risky Business: A Jungian view of environmental disasters and the Nature Archetype, which expands on his interests in the psychology of environmental problems, nature, and archetypes related to our interactions with nature. See his website: www.stephenfoster.com for more information on Stephen’s education and background.




Jeffrey T. Kiehl, Ph.D., M.A., LPC, Jungian Analyst

Jung Meets the Buddha

Friday, November 7, 2014

Jungian psychology and Buddhism are both powerful paths to greater awareness and wholeness. There is a perception by some that these paths are significantly different and do not work well together. A perception perhaps rooted in Jung’s early concern with Westerners using Eastern methods for psychological development. Yet, we know that Jung was deeply influenced and connected to Eastern teachings, especially Buddhism. In this presentation I describe my personal journey as both a Jungian analyst and a practicing Buddhist. For years I have worked to hold and integrate these two paths. I describe how these Western and Eastern teachings actually complement one another. I will discuss how both traditions view Psyche (Mind) and its role in experiencing the phenomenal world. I will also describe the subtle differences between these paths. I conclude my presentation by exploring how these paths can be combined in the therapeutic process leading to effective transformation.

Jeffrey Kiehl, Ph.D. is a senior analyst with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He is a training analyst with the CG Jung Institute of Colorado, the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. Jeffrey has been a practicing Buddhist for 40 years. He has presented numerous lectures and workshops around the nation, including Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. His talks cover topics on ecospychology, alchemy and interpretation of popular films.