Gardiner Program at Yale Hosts Lecture on Eastern European Folk Music

At the next meeting of the Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities at Yale on February 6, independent scholar and local performer Regina D’Amico will talk about the folk music of Eastern Europe.

D’Amico has been studying and performing the folk music of Eastern Europe for 20 years. In 2001-2002, she received research fellowships to document Bulgaria’s unique, rich and rapidly changing folk music. To date, she has visited and recorded music in 20 villages located throughout the Shope (west central) and Pirin (southwest) regions of Bulgaria. She is also a member of Rozmarin, a New Haven-based trio of women who perform Eastern European folk music throughout the northeast.

The title of her talk is “The Last Train: Conducting Fieldwork in a Culture in Transition.”

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.”

In past years, the series has included talks on composers, artists and writers-such as Rachmaninoff, Van Gogh and Flaubert-as well as on broader cultural subjects highlighting the application of psychoanalytic theory and method.

Forthcoming talks scheduled for the remainder of the school term are “The Power of ‘Implicit Motion’ in Art and Affect: Giacometti and Klee,” by Gilbert Rose, on March 6; and “Building a Psychoanalytic Community: Origins and Identity in Vienna, 1902-1908,” by George Makari, on April 10.

Free and open to the public, all talks in the series take place at 8 p.m. in room 108 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street. A reception prior to the talk will be held at 7 p.m. If planning to attend the reception, or for more information, call Alicia Grendziszewski at 203 785-7205 or e-mail,

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