Statue of Sigmund Freud, Clark University
"In Europe I felt as though I were despised; but over there I found myself received by the foremost men as an equal. As I stepped onto the platform at Worcester to deliver my Five Lectures upon Psychoanalysis it seemed like the realization of some incredible day-dream: psychoanalysis was no longer a product of delusion, it had become a valuable part of reality."
~ from Freud's autobiography

Centennial Home

Great Minds Come to Clark

Is Freud still relevant a century after laying out the course of psychoanalysis?

In celebration of the centennial of the five landmark lectures Sigmund Freud presented at Clark University in 1909, some of the world’s leading scientists are gathered at Clark to explore the workings of the mind and new developments in the study of brain and genetics, the psychological approach, and how thought, motivation and emotion play a role in behavior.

An academic conference series, from Oct. 3 to 5, is the centerpiece of Clark’s centennial commemoration, “Great Minds Come to Clark—Freud Revisited.” Also on Oct. 3, Sophie Freud will discuss "Living in the Shadow of the Freud Family."

A “Global Freud” symposium and President’s Lecture, featuring cultural and literary historian Sander Gilman, are planned for Nov. 21.

The 1909 conference, organized by President G. Stanley Hall, attracted many pioneering minds of the time—in physics, anthropology, psychology and other disciplines. Franz Boas, Carl Jung, Sandor Ferenczi, and A.A. Michelson are among those who shared the spotlight with Dr. Freud 100 years ago.

Pictured at Clark in 1909 are, from left (front): Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, Carl Jung; (back) A.A. Brill,  Ernest Jones, and Sandor Ferenczi.

Pictured at Clark in 1909 are, from left (front): Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, Carl Jung; (back) A.A. Brill, Ernest Jones, and Sandor Ferenczi.