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NAVE Visiting Scholar Lecture: “Psychoanalysis and the Future of Humanities”

September 23 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented by: Dr. Vera Camden, Kent State University; Dr. Zehra Mehdi, Columbia University; and Dr. Valentino Zullo, Ursuline College; and Dr. Beatriz Botero, UW-Madison.


2:30 to 3:00 p.m. – Coffee Social

3:00-5:00 p.m. — Roundtable Discussion

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Social function

About the presenters:

Vera J. Camden is Professor of English at Kent State University, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.  She is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Literature and Psychoanalysis (2022) and She Being Dead Yet Speaketh: The Franklin Family Papers (2020). She is also associate editor of American Imago and American editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.

Valentino L. Zullo is the Anisfield-Wolf Postdoctoral Fellow in English and Public Humanities at Ursuline College. He is the former Ohio Center for the Book Scholar-in-Residence where he continues to co-lead the Get Graphic program and is a licensed independent social worker in psychoanalytic training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. He is also American editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and has published in the field of comics and public humanities.

Zehra Mehdi is a psychoanalytic therapist pursuing her PhD from Columbia University on the psychological role of religion in the lives of persecuted Muslim minority in India. Her research interests are political psychology, religious minorities and nationalism, trauma and violence, gender theory, psychoanalytic anthropology, and Partition literature.

Beatriz L. Botero (Ph D. University of Wisconsin- Madison; Ph D. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) is a specialist in contemporary Latin American literature, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies. She is the author of Identidad Imaginada: Novelística Colombiana del Siglo XXI. (Pliegos Editores, 2020) as well as editor of Women in Contemporary Latin American Novels. Psychoanalysis and Gendered Violence. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


September 23
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Pyle Center, Room 235
702 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States