July's Big Idea

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Three Magnets Brewing Company
600 Franklin St SE #105
Olympia, WA 98501

Typical Dreams: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Popular Culture

If we share a collective reality in our waking hours, dreams are usually our own.  But are there exceptions?  Are there really such things as typical dreams, and if there are, where do they come from?

Kathleen Eamon

Evergreen Faculty Kathleen Eamon

Evergreen faculty Kathleen Eamon shared information about her summer program on the role dreams play for psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, what they say about us, how they are related to desire, and why, if dreams are meant to represent the fulfillment of a wish, we might conjure dreams that fill us with shame, anxiety, or dread—and why and how those very feelings contribute to our capacity for social life.

Taking Freud at his word that dreams matter, that they are more than a nightly departure from waking life, Kathleen explored what dreams can tell us about both ourselves and our cultural tastes.

Kathleen referred to Sigmund Freud’s 1908 article, Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming. This short piece explores the sources of inspiration and imagination for creative writers.

"I love these faculty talks. Such a great chance to reconnect with alumni and faculty, and to keep current on today's academic ideas and issues!"
- Mary Pace '08

So what's the Big Idea?

  • Every third Wednesday, Evergreen faculty members spark conversation about big ideas.
  • You'll enjoy great conversation with good food and drink along with fellow Greeners.
  • Informal and free to attend, food and drinks will be available to order from the restaurant.