Wagner’s Das Rheingold Seen Through the Lens of the Environmental Crisis, Corporate Power, and Donald Trump—Lecture by Dennis Merritt, PhD, Jungian Analyst

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Wagner’s Das Rheingold Seen Through the Lens of the Environmental Crisis, Corporate Power, and Donald Trump—Lecture by Dennis Merritt, PhD, Jungian Analyst

Time: October 16, 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
Location: Lyric Opera of Chicago—Civic Opera Building
Street: 20 N Upper Wacker Dr
City/Town: Chicago, IL
Website or Map: http://jungchicago.org/store/…
Event Type: lecture/workshop
Organized By: CG Jung Institute of Chicago / Dr. Dennis Merritt
Latest Activity: Oct 12, 2016

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Join Jungian analyst Dr. Dennis Merritt for a 1-hour lecture at the Chicago Lyric Opera: "Wagner’s Das Rheingold Seen Through the Lens of the Environmental Crisis, Corporate Power, and Donald Trump" — then attend the opera if you choose. Hosted by the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago.

Romanticism arose in response to negative aspects of the Enlightenment and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The full-blown consequences of those aspects are seen in the mounting economic, cultural, and environmental crises.

Das Rheingold presents, as only opera can, an archetypal and emotional framework for understanding these crises. Wotan’s relationship to the feminine, the dark masculine, the Giants (working class), the trickster, and the Earth are mythic bases of the corporate model, free market capitalism, and advertising- driven consumerism. Donald Trump is an archetypal image for the chaos Jung expected with the breakdown of the reigning Western paradigm now dominating the planet.

Hillman’s concept of Aphrodite as the Soul of the World offers a mythic image to guide us into what Jung in 1940 called a New Age and the Age of Aquarius.

Read a bio and learn more about Dr. Dennis Merritt


SCHEDULE
12-1pm - Lecture by Dennis Merritt, PhD, Jungian Analyst
1-2pm - Stage notes by the Lyric Opera staff
2pm - Performance of Das Rheingold
Performed in German with projected English translations
Performance running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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