American Society for Aesthetics, Member (Board of Trustees, 1993-95)
Keynote Address at the International Seminar on Children's Literature and Politics, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Orissa, India. 1/9/12
"Art Museums and Medical Education: Conversation and Disciplines." Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, MA. 11/5/09.
"Reflections on Space and Childhood." Space and Mind Symposium. School of Architecture. The University of Texas at Austin. 4/20/07.
Annual Lectures on Art and Psychoanalysis (sponsored by the Lucy Daniels Foundation, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the North Carolina Arts Council). Raleigh, North Carolina. 2/3-4, 07.
“Lest We Forget.” Colloquium presentation in connection with the exhibit, “When We Were Very Young,” curated by Jonathan Fineberg. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. 6/17/06.
“The Power of Children’s Imagination.” Freudfest Day. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. 5/21/06.
Bea Winkler Lectureship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2/20/06 (forthcoming)
Panel on Writing for and about Children. “Great Writers at Barnard.” New York City, 11/6/05.
“Careful the Tale You Tell.” Symposium on Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” St. Michael’s College, Burlington, Vermont. April 2, 2005.
“The Art of Memory; The Memory of Art.” Symposium at the Goethe-Institut, Washington, D.C. March 10, 2005.
“Picture Books and the Inner Lives of Children.” The 14th Annual Julia Howe Ward Lecture on Child Development. Barnard College, New York City. March 1, 2005.
“Body Image: Gender, Race, Culture.” Presentation at the 6th Delphi International Psychoanalytic Symposium, Delphi, Greece, 30 October, 2004.
“Psychoanalysis and Art.” Two invited lectures at the Seattle Art Museum, September 10 and 11, 2004.
“Weaving Women’s Words.” Conference at Maryland College Institute of Art on current exhibit featuring art based on oral histories, 29 March, 2004.
“Loss as Vanished Form.” In double session on “The Rise and Fall of Memorial Sculpture.” College Art Association, Seattle, February, 2004.
“Picture Books and the Inner Lives of Children” Colloquium: “Reading Children,” Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. December 11, 2003.
Keynote Address and “Battling Biases”, “The Meaning of Messages,” Early Childhood Education Conference, The Park School, Baltimore, 10-17-03
“Using the Humanities in Developing Individual and Family Interventions.” Family Research Consortium III, 5th Annual Summer Institute, New Mexico. 6/27/03
“Re-Inventing Childhood—Again.” Discussant on panel, College Art Association, New York City, February 21, 2003.
“Art as Feeling Transformed.” The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina. February 9, 2003.
“I Like Black: Reflections on the Creative Process.” Lucy Daniels Foundation, Cary, North Carolina, February 8, 2003.
“Moral Ambiguity in Representations of Evil.” (with Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon). The Jewish Museum, New York City. May 28, 2002.
“Reflections on Creativity and Madness.” Stanford University. April 6, 2002.
“Surreal and Hyperreal: Magritte Meets the Media.” College Art Association, 90th Annual Conference, Philadelphia. Feb. 21, 2002.
“The Enchanted Mind: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Children’s Literature and Art” Keynote address, Sixth Annual Day in Applied Psychoanalysis, University of Toronto, October 13, 2001
"Mystery and Magic in the Paintings of Rene Magritte." San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 5/6 and 5/25/2000.
"Listening to Pictures." University of California Berkeley Art Museum, 3/28/98.
"The Imagery of Picture Books: Communicating Values, Culture, Gender, Stereotypes." Visiting Scholar Distinguished Lecture Series, Child Psychiatry Department, Cornell Medical Center-Westchester Division, 4/14/96.
"Intense Encounters." College Art Association. Boston, MA. 2/28/96.
"Listening to Pictures." The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 1/28/96. Also presented as the Special Psychiatry and the Arts Lecture, American Psychiatric Association, The Javits Center, New York, 5/7/96.
"The Savage Scene." The Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 1/21/96
"Pictures and Words: Psychological Themes in Books for Young Children." The Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA. 11/28/95.
"Listening to Pictures." Annual lecture on Art and Psychoanalysis sponsored by the Lucy Daniels Foundation and the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2/5/95, Raleigh, North Carolina.
"Stretching: Reflections on Imagination and Feeling." Conference talk: "Psychoanalysis Among the Disciplines," Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, 11/5/94.
"Picturing the Child's Inner World of Fantasy." New School Lecture Series in Psychoanalysis. New York. 4/14/94.
"Fantasy, Empathy, and Conflict in Picture Books." PSYCHOANALYSIS AND ART. Art and Text Series, no. 11. Conference sponsored by the Henri Peyre Institute for the Humanities and the CUNY Academy of Humanities and Sciences. New York, 11/12/93. Also presented at the History of Psychiatry Research Seminar, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, 12/1/93.
"Good Girls, Naughty Boys: Reflections on the Impact of Culture on Young Minds." Invited Lecture, Division 39, American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, 8/21/93.
"Museums of the Mind." New York University Alumni Lecture, Casa Italiana. New York University, 5/18/93.
"The Music of Hope: The Children of Terezín." Scholar-in-residence, Yom Ha-Shoah, The Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, New York, 4/18/93.
"Tension and Intention in the Artistic Image." "Images in Art and Life: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives." Lucy Daniels Foundation, Cary, North Carolina, 3/5/93.
"Imagery in Picture Books." The Whitney Museum of American Art. Talk in connection with exhibition: "Fables, Fantasies, and Everyday Things: Children's Books by Artists." 1/12/93.
"Reassessing the Hierarchy: Some Developmental Perspectives on Pictorial and Verbal Representation. Session: "Language/Image/Text," College Art Association, Seattle, 2/4/93.
"Memory, Magic, and Music in the Paintings of René Magritte."
"The Return of the Repressed." Panel at Artists Space, West Broadway, New York, 5/10/92.
"Museums of the Mind." Mellon Lecture, Pratt Institute, 4/22/92.
"To Pounce, Violate, Surprise, and Delight: Psychoanalysis, Criticism, and Aesthetics." Duke University Museum of Art, 3/7/92.
"Carpe Diem, Carpe Mortem: Reflections on Dead Poets Society." John W. Mudd Memorial Western Clinical Psychoanalytic Meeting, San Diego, 10/12/91.
Panel: "Inscriptions, Expression, and Identity: Artistic and Cultural Dimensions of Street Art/Graffiti Vandalism." Conference on Street Art/Graffiti Vandalism. The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, 9/14/91.
"Promethean Positions: Reflections on Psychoanalysis and the Afterlife of Classical Antiquity." Conference on Archaeology and Psychoanalysis: The Freud Connection. Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, Ann Arbor, June 29, 1991. Revised version presented to the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Society, 3/18/92.
"Fantasy, Empathy, and Conflict in Picturebooks for Young Children." Presidential Symposium I: Children and Visual Expression. American Psychiatric Association meeting, New Orleans, 5/91. Also presented to the N.Y. County District Branch, American Psychiatric Association, The Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, and the New York Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Payne Whitney Auditorium, New York Hospital, 11/21/91. Also, Grand Rounds, Harlem Hospital, 2/27/92, and Coney Island Hospital, 4/13/92, and the Westchester Psychoanalytic Society, 5/20/92.
"Reflections on Brundibár." "Seeing Through 'Paradise:' The Cultural Legacy of Terezín. The Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, 4/18/91.
"Museums of the Mind." Conference: Psychoanalysis and Culture. Stanford University, 1/13/91. Also presented at Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Elizabeth General Hospital, New Jersey, 10/1/91. Version presented, Grand Rounds, Dept. of Psychiatry, Univ. of Cincinnati, 3/18/92.
"Calvin and Hobbes: Postmodern Perspectives." The American Society for Aesthetics annual meeting, Austin, Texas, 10/26/90. Also presented at the University of Tennessee, 3/91, and at the William Alanson White Institute, New York, 6/3/91. Also presented as Child Psychiatry Rounds, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center-Westchester Division, 2/18/92.
"Tracking "Wild Things" Through Sendak's Works." The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, 5/29/90.
"Sigmund Freud and Art: Fragments from a Buried Past." History of Art Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 3/28/90.
"Surrealism and Film." The American Psychoanalytic Association Fall Meeting, New York, 12/13/89.
"Mothers and Daughters: Ancient and Modern Myths." The Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Washington, D.C., 9/24/89.
"Primary Art Objects." 36th International Psychoanalytical Congress in Rome, 8/1/89. Also presented at the American Art Therapy Association meeting, San Francisco, 11/19/89.American Psychoanalytic Association, San Francisco, 5/6/89.
"Brief Remarks on Tensions Inherent within the Subject: Biography and Art History." College Art Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2/7/89.
"Charged Objects: A Psychoanalytic Perspective." Center for African Art, New York. 12/3/87.
"An Insubstantial Pageant Faded." Mountain Lake Symposium VIII, Virginia. 10/30/87. Also presented as Grand Rounds, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (Westchester), 1/13/89.
"Picturing the Child's Inner World of Fantasy." Ilan Child Guidance Clinic, Jerusalem. 6/18/87. Also presented at the B'nai B'rith Children's Home, Bayit Vagan, Jerusalem. 4/2/87.
"Trauma, Imagery, and Style: René Magritte." Summit Institute in Israel, Jerusalem. May 21, 1987. Also delivered at the Eitanim Government Psychiatric Hospital, Jerusalem. 5/19/87, and at the B'nai B'rith Children's Home, Bayit Vagan, Jerusalem,6/11/87.
"Looking and Longing: Psychoanalysis and Art History." College Art Association, Boston, 2/14/87.
"The Artistic Image and the Inward Gaze.: American Psychoanalytic Association, Fall Meeting, New York, 12/19/86. Later presented to The Israel Psychoanalytic Society, Tel Aviv, 5/16/87, and at Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, 5/9/88. Panel: "Art, Psychoanalytically Speaking." School of Visual Arts, New York, 12/4/86.
Lecture series: "Psychoanalysis and the Arts," Caneel Bay, 8/2-16/86.
"Psychoanalytic Reflections on Rome: A Collage." Presentation to participants in the Forum on Psychoanalysis and Italian Renaissance Art. New York, 4/6/86.
"Ids and Archetypes: Freud, Jung, and Pollack." Discussion leader with Prof. Steven Levine, Bryn Mawr College. Symposium: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Art, New York University, 3/22/86.
"Problems in the Applications of Psychoanalysis to Italian Renaissance Art:Reflections on Dante's Inferno." Kanzer Seminar on Psychoanalysis and the Humanities, Yale University, 9/19/85.
Lecture series: Conference on Psychoanalysis and Italian Renaissance Art, Florence. 8/5-16/85.
"Psychoanalysis and Aesthetics: Toward Separating Memory and Hope." Xth International Congress in Aesthetics. Montreal, 8/17/84.
"Psychoanalysis and Aesthetics." The World Congress of Psychiatry. Vienna. 7/13/83.
"Reflections: Isenberg's Concept of Criticism and a Sonnet by Hopkins." Sixth Annual Conference: The International Association for Philosophy and Literature: Representation. Albany, 1981.
"Seminar: An Experimental Arts-oriented Program for the Intellectually Gifted Child." 21st Annual Conference: The National Art Education Association, Chicago, 4/81.
"Problems in Criticism: A Consideration of Four Papers by Arnold Isenberg." Student Philosophy Conference, The University of Pennsylvania, 4/81.