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Freud analyzed as a revolutionary

By MICHAEL PATRICK WELCH

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 3, 2000


Say you fell asleep at a university lecture about Sigmund Freud, and you had a dream about your mother. What would that mean aside from, "you've been staying up studying too late?"

Freud had theoretical answers to those kinds of questions, which is why the University of Tampa's Honors Program is studying him as part of its revolutionaries-themed semester.

"The definition of a revolutionary . . . is someone who changes the world." Says UT professor of psychology Linda Musante, who will present "Freud as a Revolutionary Leader."

"And Freud's ideas are with us everywhere . . . when you call someone "anal,' that's Freud. He changed the world, right or not."

Other class topics in the UT Honors Program this semester include "The Death Penalty: Revolutions in Thought," "The Mental Health Treatment Revolution," and a class on Einstein titled, "The Revolution of Relativity."

The Honors Program Symposium on Freud will address influential events and attitudes in Freud's Vienna, the effect of Darwinism on Freud's theories, and the ways in which the inventor of psychoanalysis went against the attitudes of the sexually repressed Victorian era.

If you go

WHAT: Honors Program Symposium: "Freud as a Revolutionary Leader"

WHEN: 4 p.m., Wednesday

WHERE: A-V Room 2, MacDonald-Kelce Library on the UT campus

COST: Free

CALL: (813) 253-3333, ext 3390

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