A Serious Man: Cultural Commentary and the Human Condition

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A Serious Man: Cultural Commentary and the Human Condition

Time: November 6, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm
Location: The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
Street: 2040 Gough Street
City/Town: San Francisco
Website or Map: https://www.google.com/maps/p…
Phone: 415-771-8055
Event Type: film, screening, and, discussion
Organized By: The C.G. Jung Institute of SF
Latest Activity: Oct 27, 2016

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This program promises an entertaining blend of a uniquely dark comedy along with exploration of psychological and cultural themes.  It features a showing of the film followed by brief presentations by four Jungian analysts who will then engage in a dialogue about the film with the audience.  Probably the most personal of the Coen Brothers' films, the film explores the story of a middle-aged Jewish man who, during a period of intense personal and professional crisis comes into a confrontation with the fundamental uncertainty of life, reflective of Job, and its potential for transformation.

Presentations: (winners of the 2015 Jan Lee Arts Prize)

Red Book Amplifications of A Serious Man by Karen Naifeh, PhD

A Serious Man: Interpretation as a Fairy Tale by Seth Isaiah Rubin, PhD

A Serious Man: Coen Film Noir—Dark Passages by Sam Naifeh, MD

The Tempest Speaks–Liminality in A Serious Man by Steve Zemmelman, MSW, PhD


Karen Naifeh, PhD is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where she teaches in the analytic training program.  Her analytic practice with adults and couples is located in San Francisco, Burlingame, and Berkeley, California.  Her areas of special interest are trauma, the Shadow, and alchemy. 

Sam Naifeh, MD, is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. His analytic practice is located in San Francisco and San Mateo, California. Areas of special interest are addiction, emotional development and self-regulation, group dynamics, study of myth and method in analytically oriented psychology, and the origins of psychological thought in art.

Seth Isaiah Rubin, PhD, a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst and clinical psychologist, has a long standing interest in A Serious Man.  He is also writing a book entitled Preparing for the Mystery of Death.  His practice is in San Francisco.

Steve Zemmelman, PhD is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco who is certified to practice as a Jungian psychoanalyst with children, adolescents and adults.  He has a private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco, and serves as Chair of the Extended Education program at the Institute.  


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