Virtual Conference: Movies, Rock & Roll, Freud

January 15th, 2022, 10:30am – 4:30pm EST

Sponsored by the ORI Academic Press, the Object Relations Institute,
International Psychohistorical Association, and the Psychohistory Forum

Conference is free, but Registration is required .
Please write to Dr. Ken Fuchsman at to register.


10:30 am – 11:15 am
Jack Schwartz: The Cradle Will Rock and Roll: A Generation and the Sound of Broken Barriers

11:15 am – 12 pm
Susan Kavaler-Adler: The 1939 Hollywood Romanticizing of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights: How the Authors’ Expression of Primal Trauma Was Distorted into Oedipal Drama

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Ken Fuchsman: Greatness and Paradox: 1890s Sigmund Freud and the Fathers

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Robert Samuels: Freud and the Pleasure Principle from Nirvana to Trump

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
David James Fisher: Torn at the Shoulder: A Psychological Exploration of Tenderness, Splitting, and the Divided Self in Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Geoffrey Cocks: Stanley Kubrick’s Magic Mountain: The Shining

The title of this conference is connected to Dr. Fuchsman’s recent book, Movies, Rock & Roll, Freud published by ORI Academic Press.

Each presenter will speak for 30 minutes and answer questions for 15 minutes. There will be a 45-minute lunch break, and a 15-minute break later.

For any questions, to register, or for more information email Ken Fuchsman at .


Geoffrey Cocks, PhD is Professor Emeritus of History from Albion College.  He is the author of The Wolf at the Door: Stanley Kubrick, History, and the Holocaust, Psychotherapy in the Third Reich, and Treating Mind and Body: Essays in the History of Science.  

David James Fisher, PhD is a historian and psychoanalyst in Los Angeles.  Among other publications, he has written Cultural Theory and Psychoanalytic TraditionBettelheim: Living and Dying, and Romain Rolland and the Politics of Intellectual Engagement. 

Ken Fuchsman is past President of the International Psychohistorical Association and emeritus faculty from the University of Connecticut. He is the co-editor of books on Donald Trump and psychoanalyst Michael Eigen, and author of Movies, Rock & Roll, Freud. Dr. Fuchsman taught a course on the history of the U.S. in the 1960s, and hosted a weekly radio show on the history of rock & roll.

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt h.c. is a Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalyst, in practice for 46 years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute, and is a Fellow of the Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis.  She is the author of 6 books/70 articles, including The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers (Routledge 1993; ORI Academic Press 2013).

Robert Samuels, PhD holds doctorates in psychology and English, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his many books are Freud for the Twenty-First Century, Psychoanalyzing the Left and Right after Donald Trump, Between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis: Lacan’s Reconstruction of Freud, Hitchcock’s Bi-Textuality, The Psychopathology of Political Ideologies.

Jack Schwartz, PsyD, LCSW is a nationally certified psychoanalyst, a faculty member and supervisor at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, as well as a lecturer, and control analyst at New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis. Dr. Schwartz is an expert on Bob Dylan, and the history of rock music, and plays in a rock & roll band.

Learn more about the book that inspired this virtual conference, Movies, Rock & Roll, Freud: Essays on Film and Music:

It captures and analyzes the wonder, perplexity, and significance from examples of these engaging art forms from psychological and historical perspectives.

Ken Fuchsman, covers subjects as far ranging as Sigmund Freud’s development of the idea of the Oedipus complex, director John Ford’s – failed – collaboration with John Paul Sartre on a film script, the movie Chinatown, the history of rock and roll, and Stephen Spielberg. If his approach is probing, his voice is humanely philosophical. He insists these are all subjects he loves: the pieces have “grown out my love for music and movies, my long immersion in Freud. Also … Montaigne’s finding that as humans we are double-sided creatures who do not believe what we believe and cannot rid ourselves of what we condemn.”

A psychologically oriented academic, Ken Fuchsman has found a patient to analyze, and that patient happens to be “modern pop culture.” Fuchsman has the audacity and unique skill to put modern pop culture on the couch and along with his many other insights, you will never listen to a pop song from the 60’s the same way again.

You can purchase the paper book on Amazon or the e-book on the publisher’s website: