Doctor to Speak at Yale on "Pygmalion Complex"

Fred Sander, M.D., will deliver a talk, “On the Universality of the Pygmalion-Galatea Process: From Genesis to Eugenics,” on November 21 at 8 p.m., at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, as part of the Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities.

Sander is an associate clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Cornell Medical School and also chairs the Psychoanalysis and Theater Series of the New York Psychoanalytic Society.

There will be a reception before the talk. Both functions take place in room 108 of the Humanities Center, and both are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary, but if you plan to attend the reception, please notify Alicia Grendziszewski at 203-785-7205 (or e-mail,

The Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities was set up by the New Land Foundation. Muriel Gardiner, a heroine of World War II, was the inspiration for the character “Julia” of Lillian Hellman’s autobiographical book “Pentimento.”

Speakers and talks in the series scheduled for the rest of the academic year are:

Jessica Stockholder, “Making Space,” December 19;
Regina D’Amico, “The Last Train: Conducting Fieldwork in a Culture in Transition,” February 6;
Gilbert Rose, “The Power of ‘Implicit Motion’ in Art and Affect: Giacometti and Klee,” March 6;
George Makari, “Building a Psychoanalytic Community: Origins and Identity in Vienna, 1902-1908,” April 10.

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