Across Cultures: The Psychology of Exile, Return and Rebellion

October 13, 2013
Price: $35.00

1 – 5 PM Performance and Panel; 5 – 5:30 PM, Reception

Co-presented by the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

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Guest Performer: David Gerbi

Panelists: Joan Chodorow, PhD; D. Steven Nouriani, PhD; Tom Singer, MD; Mario Starc, PhD; Tina Stromsted, PhD; and Steve Zemmelman, MSW, PhD


In “Refugee, Rebel, Peacebuilder,” Gerbi tells his story: a Libyan Jew who, at 12 years old, was forced into exile along with the rest of the Jewish community that had resided in Libya for 2000 years. During the revolution of 2011, he returned to Libya and took part in the provisional government, began restoration of the ancient synagogue, and assisted victims of psychological trauma. Dr. Gerbi, a Jungian analyst living in Rome and Israel, wrote and directed this one man show to connect his own struggle, the fate of Libya, and audiences around the world. Previously performed in South Africa and Italy, this will be the first performance in the United States.

The struggle for basic human rights is universal yet everywhere the path to them passes through unique intersections of personal identity and historical circumstance. Dr. David Gerbi’s individual struggle for freedom and belonging in present day Libya is a compelling narrative that informs us about his own psychological journey, the trials of the region, and ultimately the hopes and needs of people everywhere.

The performance will serve as an introduction to a deeper exploration of the psychological dimensions of culture, exile, immigration, and political context, presented by a panel of Jungian analysts including Joan Chodorow, PhD, D. Steven Nouriani, PhD, Tom Singer, MD, and Tina Stromsted, PhD, along with analyst candidate Mario Starc, PhD. Dr. Steve Zemmelman will moderate the discussion. The afternoon concludes with a wine and cheese reception.

2.5 Continuing Education Credits Approved for MD, PhD, LCSW, MFT & RN

The Jung Institute of San Francisco is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Jung Institute of San Francisco takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are offered for this event.

Dr. David Gerbi is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Rome (LIRPA), Israel (IIJP), and is a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). During the 2011 Libyan Revolution he served as the World Organization of Libyan Jews’ representative to the Libyan National Transitional Council. In 2004, he was a Witness for Peace for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rome and in 2007 was nominated by UNHCR as Ambassador for Peace in South Africa.

Joan Chodorow, PhD, is a Jungian analyst with deep roots in dance and dance therapy. Her interest in early development and active imagination led her to study the emotions, their forms of expression and transformation and the multi-sensory nature of human experience. Publications in many languages include Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology, Jung on Active Imagination, and a new, soon to be published book entitled Active Imagination: Healing from Within. She lectures and teaches internationally.

D. Steven Nouriani, PhD, MFT, is a Jungian Analyst and a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. With special interests in mysticism and in bridging East and West, Dr. Nouriani has been presenting on various topics in analytical psychology and the transformation of consciousness at conferences in the US and abroad for two decades. He has been teaching at various Bay Area universities, and is in private practice in San Francisco and San Jose.

Thomas Singer, MD, is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in San Francisco. In the past decade, he has been focusing on aspects of the collective psyche in a series of articles and books about cultural complexes and the cultural unconscious. He has broadened his inquiry to include art, literature, politics, economics, history and mythology. On these subjects, Dr. Singer has collaborated in the writing of The Cultural Complex; Psyche and the City;Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia; Ancient Greece and Modern Psyche, and the newest book, Listening to Latin America. Dr. Singer’s paper, “The Meshugana Complex: Notes of a Big Galoot Galut” is of particular interest for the David Gerbi performance.

Mario Starc, MSW, PhD, is a candidate at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and consultation in Berkeley and Tracy, CA. He is also on the supervising and consulting faculty at the Psychotherapy Institute and the Sanville Institute, both located in Berkeley. As a child of refugee parents, he has a particular interest in refugee and cross-cultural experiences.

Tina Stromsted, PhD, BC-DMT is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, a Somatic Psychotherapist, and a Board Certified Dance therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. Former co-founder of the Authentic Movement Institute, she teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute, the Somatics Doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute and other universities internationally. With forty years of clinical experience, her work and publications explore the integration of body, mind, psyche and soul.

Steve Zemmelman, MSW, PhD, is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and Chair of the Institute’s Extended Education program. He has a private practice of analysis and depth psychotherapy in San Francisco and Berkeley. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco and a Lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley.

Photo: David Gerbi as he knocks down a wall blocking the door to the main synagogue in Tripoli, Libya