Library News

New books, upcoming events, archival research and ongoing projects are described in the Spring 2020 issue of the library newsletter. The library is closed to public and visitors due to Covid-19, but we are operating remotely. Email to request online resources. Library books can be mailed to BPSI members and partners by request.

Webinar Meet the Author – Joan Wheelis – Tue, June 2, 7:30-9pm

Click here to watch the live event recording.

Joan Wheelis, MD, discussed her new memoir The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten with Steven Ablon, MD, and Andrea Celenza, PhD via Webinar, while the live audience asked questions. Both of Joan Wheelis’s parents were distinguished psychoanalysts, and the particularities of their profession made vivid impressions on her curious young mind. The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten re-creates her childhood in a series of jewel-like vignettes. At age six, she began spying on her father’s office door through a small latticed window, eager to catch a glimpse of the mysterious patients who needed his help. On summer road trips to Puget Sound, her father would warn her of the dangers of self-deception, once scolding her for “acting falsely” when she waved at a truck driver through the rear window. The New York Times has shortlisted Wheelis’s book for the best memoirs of 2019.

About the Panelists:

Joan Wheelis, MD, is a BPSI Training and Supervising Analyst and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is on the clinical faculty at both Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and is the Founder and Director of Two Brattle Center and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA. Joan Wheelis is the author of several book reviews and articles on psychoanalytic treatment and DBT, and is one of the editors, with Joseph Shay, of Odysseys in Psychotherapy (Ardent Media, 2002).

Steven L. Ablon, MD, is a Training and Supervising Adult and Child Analyst at BPSI and an Associate Clinical Professor of Harvard University Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Poet. He is a winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize and the author of five books of poems. Dr. Ablon’s psychoanalytic writings include numerous articles on child analysis, dreams, technique, play, and children literature as well as two books, The Development and Sustenance of Self-Esteem in Childhood (1983) and Human Feelings: Explorations in Affect Development and Meaning (1993).

Andrea Celenza, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at BPSI, Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Assistant Professor, Part-time at Harvard Medical School. She is a Co-Director of a blended, online program in Psychoanalytic Studies sponsored by William James College and the author of Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts (2007), Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios (2014). She is in private practice in Lexington, MA.

Recent Publications by Our Members and Library Corner Blog

Read about new publications by BPSI members in the BPSI AuthorsRecent Work, and Film Series sections of the website. Don’t forget to check the Library Corner Blog where we post interviews with authors, book reviews by members, and other library related news.

Recent Video Interviews

The Library Committee continues interviewing noted book authors, senior analysts, and is also involved in the production of interviews of The Arthur R. Kravitz Award recipients. Click here to watch all interviews recorded to-date.

In the Archives

Latest acquisitions, research, visitors, and inquiries are described in the latest Spring 2020 issue of the library newsletter.

BPSI Collaboration with WGBH Archives

Grete Bibring’s video interview with Oliver Cope has been posted online! Click on the link to view: Psychoanalysis: A Personal View, WGBH, 1975. In the fall of 2013, BPSI Archives worked with the WGBH Archives, becoming curators of WGBH’s Psychology One programs from the 1957-58 and a video recording of Grete Bibring’s Interview with Oliver Cope, 1975. Our archivist, Olga Umansky, MLS, teamed up with Murray Cohen, PhD, a long time BPSI member, to create a historic commentary to the televised psychology lectures of Dr. Edwin Boring (click here to watch Psychology One episodes online). Sanford Gifford, MD, Director of BPSI Archives, shared his biographical notes about Hanns Sachs, who was Dr. Boring’s analyst and journal co-editor. BPSI Archives also contributed a transcript, metadata, and various biographical materials to contextualize Grete Bibring’s interview with Dr. Cope (DVD is available on loan from the library). WGBH’s Media Library and Archives are attempting to digitize their historic video collections with the support of the Melon Foundation and American Archive. You can read about WGBH’s digital preservation efforts in the Boston Globe article from November 15, 2013.

Please contact Olga Umansky, MLS, Librarian/Archivist, for any questions about BPSI library and archives.

(617) 266-0953 ext. 104

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