Join us for the first in a series of quarterly conversations with “creative couples,” a look into the interplay of domestic partnership and professional work.In the course of over fifty years of married life and raising four children, Irvin and Marilyn Yalom have made marks in their respective fields of psychotherapy and women’s studies with contributions through teaching and research leading to the publication of academic papers and popular books. Last year, they each presented their own research into death: Irv’s Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death and Marilyn’s The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History Through our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds. Our conversation will begin with the Yaloms’ poignant explorations of human finitude and then turn to the story of their time together as a dual-career academic couple.
MARILYN YALOM, Senior Scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford
Marilyn Yalom is a feminist literary scholar and cultural historian, who was for many years a professor of French before coming to the Stanford Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute) in 1976. She studies the history of women as partners in marriage and has produced popular scholarly studies of such topics as the history of the female breast and the role of women in the French Revolution and its aftermath. She was educated at Wellesley College, the Sorbonne, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins. Her books, translated into many languages, include Maternity, Mortality, and the Literature of Madness (1985), Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory (1993), A History of the Breast (1997), A History of the Wife (2001), Birth of the Chess Queen (2004) and The American Resting Place (2008).
IRVIN YALOM, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford
Irvin D. Yalom is a widely respected psychotherapist, educator, and author whose writings explore his existential approach to psychotherapy: he believes that much of the anxiety people experience stems from the basic human fears of death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness. He has produced several highly acclaimed textbooks, including The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (1970), Existential Psychotherapy (1980), and The Gift of Therapy (2002). He is also the author of stories and novels related to psychotherapy, including Love's Executioner (1989), When Nietzsche Wept (1992), Lying on the Couch (1996), Momma and the Meaning of Life (1999), and The Schopenhauer Cure (2005). His latest non-fiction book is Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death (2008).
MARK GONNERMAN (moderator) is director of the Aurora Forum.