September 17th, 2019


Psychologist and Author Discusses Women’s Image in Society


Author and psychotherapist Polly Young-Eisendrath will look at how women view themselves in today’s society in a talk at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier on January 8 at 7pm. Her talk, “What Women Want,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.


Drawing on Buddhism, Jung, feminist writings, and her own work as a psychotherapist, Young-Eisendrath will argue that most women don’t know what they want because society has programmed them simply to want to present a desirable image.


Young-Eisendrath is a Jungian analyst, psychologist and author. An experienced clinician and teacher, she is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Vermont and Consultant in Leadership Development at Norwich University. She has published thirteen books that have been translated into more than twenty languages, including The Resilient Spirit, Women and Desire, and The Cambridge Companion to Jung.


The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Montpelier are held at Kellogg-Hubbard Library unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Montpelier talks include “Speak to Me: A Program of Words and Chamber Music” with the Craftsbury Chamber Players on February 12 at 7:30 pm (special date and time, part of Farmers Night at the Vermont State House); “Gothic Magnificence” with Dartmouth professor Cecilia Gaposchkin on March 5; and “The Marshall Plan Revisited” with UVM professor Mark Stoler on April 2.


The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. The First Wednesdays 2013-2014 series in Montpelier is sponsored by Vermont College of Fine Arts. “What Women Want” is sponsored by Bear Pond Books/Rivendell Books.



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