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Essman, E. (2007). Interdisciplinary Education Committee. Fort Da, 13(2):116-116.

(2007). Fort Da, 13(2):116-116

Interdisciplinary Education Committee

Eric Essman, M.A.

In October 2006 at the Berkeley Art Museum Theater, the Interdisciplinary Education Committee (IEC) presented “Unveiled: Shame, Identity, Gender and Iranian Cinema” in the latest (and we hope not the last) of the Out of the Tower/Off of the Couch series of programs designed to promote the dialogue of psychoanalysis with other disciplines. This one-day conference included compelling, informative, and insightful talks on Iranian cinema by Professors Joan Copjec of NYU and Negar Mottahedeh of Duke, along with a moving account by psychoanalyst Dr. Mali Mann of her experiences during recent visits to Iran. The program also featured a screening of Abbas Kiarostami's Ten, unconsciously anticipating the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive retrospective of the great Iranian director's films and photography in Summer 2007. The program consciously aimed at outreach to the Iranian diasporic community in the Bay Area, and to complement and support the 2006-2007 East Bay/San Francisco Intensive Study Groups’ readings and discussions on the psychoanalysis of gender and sexuality.

Subsequently (though not consequentially), the IEC, like one of Erik Erikson's talented but conflicted adolescents, has submitted to a self-imposed moratorium. We hope to re-emerge at some future date to assume an even more productive destiny, serving the needs of clinicians, students, academics, and the interested public.

As Chair, I would like to thank IEC members Martine Aniel, Sharon Bass, Janet Thormann Mackintosh, and Simone Perez for their hard work in putting together the “Unveiled” conference; Beth Steinberg and Jeanne Wolff Bernstein for their welcoming remarks and introduction; Anca Ivan for her artwork; and the NCSPP Board for its thoughtful and continuing support during the conference planning and this interregnum.

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