June 2005 Update
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
& The Wilhelm Reich Museum
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Open House at Orgonon
A Minor Change in Our Summer Conference
Summer Conference: July 18-22
New Foreign Translations
New Book: Healing With Orgone Energy
Reich's Courses at the New School
Orgonon's Other Summer Activities
Evening of Music - July 16
OPEN HOUSE AT ORGONON
For the third consecutive year the Wilhelm Reich Museum will
begin its summer season by participating in an Open House in
conjunction with other museums in the Rangeley area. On Sunday,
June 26th, from 1 - 5 p.m., the Museum will be open to the public
free of charge. At the same time Open Houses will also take place
at the historic Coplin School House, the Dead River Historical Society,
the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, and the Rangeley
Lakes Region Logging Museum.
Our regular summer hours begin on Friday, July 1st. We want
to remind you of our hours so you can plan your visits accordingly.
Our 175-acre property, with its trails and nature walks, is open daily to the public year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tours of the Orgone Energy Observatory:
July & August, Wednesday - Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
September, Sundays only 1 - 5 p.m.
Admission: $6.00 for adults & children over 12
Children under 12 are admitted free.
Special tours at any other time are available by appointment only;
admission is $100.00 for groups of up to ten people.
The Conference Building, which houses the Museum and Trust offices,
is open year-round Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A MINOR CHANGE IN OUR SUMMER CONFERENCE
Our Conference is coming up fast. If you haven't yet registered,
please do so. We have a minor scheduling change: Dr. Morton
Herskowitz--originally scheduled to speak on Tuesday morning
at 9:00--will instead present on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
Which means that Tuesday morning (instead of the afternoon)
will be free for everyone to explore and enjoy the Rangeley region.
And now, a final reminder of our Summer Conference:
SUMMER CONFERENCE: JULY 18 – 22, 2005
WILHELM REICH & ORGONE ENERGY:
LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD
As we look ahead to the future of Reich's work in science and
medicine, this conference will bring together voices and faces of
the past and present to investigate the possibilities and challenges
of the future. Those who knew and worked with Reich will share
their experiences, and current opportunities for medical trials of
orgone blankets and accumulators in America will be explored.
We hope you will join us for what promises to be a stimulating week
of discussion and debate as we move forward into the future.
Bernard Grad, Ph.D.
Morton Herskowitz, D.O.
Conny Huthsteiner, M.D.
Ronald Maio, D.O., M.S.
James Strick, Ph.D.
Monday, July 18th
"The Historic Context of Reich's Laboratory Work:
From Biomedical Research of the 1930s to the Present Day"
Presenter: James E. Strick, Ph.D.
Dr. Strick is a science historian specializing in the history of ideas about
the origins of life. He is the author of Sparks of Life: Darwinism and
the Victorian Debates Over Spontaneous Generation, and co-author of
The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology.
"Memories of Working With Reich"
"Opportunities & Obstacles for the Future of Reich's Biological Work"
Presenter: Bernard Grad, Ph.D
Dr. Grad is a biologist, a former student of Wilhelm Reich, and author of
"Wilhelm Reich's Experiment XX" and "The Effects of the Orgone
Accumulator on the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia of AKR Mice."
Tuesday, July 19th
No events planned for the morning - enjoy Rangeley Lakes!
"Memories of Reich"
Presenter: Morton Herskowitz, D.O.
Dr. Herskowitz is a practicing orgone therapist, President of the
Institute for Orgonomic Science, and author of Emotional Armoring:
An Introduction to Psychiatric Orgone Therapy.
Reception at the Orgone Energy Observatory (including a tour)
Wednesday, July 20th
"A Proposed Clinical Study to Test the Effectiveness
of Orgone Blankets in the Treatment of Burns"
Presenters: Ron Maio, D.O. and Conny Huthsteiner, M.D.
Conny Huthsteiner, M.D., is a psychiatric orgonomist in
private practice in Boston, Massachusetts. She is Vice President
of the Institute of Orgonomic Science, and is staff and faculty
at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Maio is Professor and Associate Chair of Research in the Department
of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School,
Director of the University's Injury Research Center, and Assistant Dean
for Research Regulatory Affairs for the Medical School.
Recreation – Bald Mountain hike (weather permitting)
Those who are interested can take a guided 3-hour hike up Bald Mountain
which offers spectacular views of Mooselookmeguntic Lake where Reich
first observed atmospheric orgone energy in the summer of 1940 while
staying in a cabin on the lake. Kevin Hinchey, Associate Director
of the Wilhelm Reich Museum, will lead the hike.
Thursday, July 21st
"Building and Selling Orgone Accumulators and Orgone Blankets"
"Practical and Research Considerations & Anecdotal Customer Data"
Presenter: Theirrie Cook
Theirrie Cook founded and is the sole proprietor of Orgonics, a business
that develops and sells orgone energy accumulators to the public.
"Wilhelm Reich and Orgone Energy: A Survey of the FBI & FDA Files"
Presenter: Kevin Hinchey
Mr. Hinchey is Associate Director of the Wilhelm Reich Museum
"Recollections of Reich and Orgonon in the 1950s"
Presenters: Wanda Ferguson & Kathy Steward
Mrs. Ferguson--a writer and native of Rangeley, Maine--will discuss her experiences as a young woman working at Orgonon immediately after the Oranur Experiment in 1951.
Mrs. Steward of Rangeley, Maine is the daughter of Tom Ross, caretaker at Orgonon while Reich was alive. Kathy and her parents lived on the property, and after Reich's death were instrumental in opening Orgonon to the public as The Wilhelm Reich Museum.
Friday, July 22nd
Steak or Lobster Dinner (additional fee required)
PLEASE NOTE that this dinner is not a part of the formal Conference activities, and will require an additional fee. Reservations for this dinner can be made during conference week.
MEETING PLACE. The summer program will be held in the Conference Building
(formerly Reich's Student Laboratory). A continental breakfast is served
each morning at 8:30 a.m. Presentations begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Evening
events take place at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged
to explore and utilize the Wilhelm Reich Museum's 175-property
and its numerous facilities, including the Reading Room and Orgone Room.
REGISTRATION FEE is $375.00. This includes tuition, information
packet, continental breakfast, refreshments, reception and tour of the
Orgone Energy Observatory. A 25% discount is available for full-time
students who can document their status.
TAX DEDUCTION. IRS regulations permit an income tax deduction
for educational expenses undertaken to maintain or improve professional
ACCOMMODATIONS. All types of accommodations are available
in and around Rangeley, and you are encouraged to make reservations
early since this is the summer season. Contact the Rangeley Chamber
of Commerce: 1-800-685-2537 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOLARSHIPS. To apply for the Thomas E. Ross and
Chester M. Raphael memorial scholarships, e-mail us at
email@example.com, or send a letter to: Wilhelm Reich Museum,
P.O. Box 687, Rangeley Maine. 04970. All applications must be
received by June 15, 2005.
FOR MORE REGISTRATION INFORMATION call us at:
(207) 864-3443, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW FOREIGN TRANSLATIONS BY
THE WILHELM REICH INFANT TRUST
Since 1959, The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust has been privileged to
have Farrar Straus & Giroux (FSG) as the publisher of Reich's books,
21 titles, representing 21 languages. FSG also serves as the Trust's
sole agent in negotiating translations and foreign publications of
FSG was founded by Roger Straus in 1946. Over the years this
publishing house became known for its international list of fiction,
non-fiction, poetry and children's books. Its authors have won
extraordinary acclaim, including National Book Awards, Pulitzer
prizes, and over twenty Nobel prizes. Roger Straus passed away
on May 25, 2004 at the age of 87.
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust and FSG are pleased to announce
a new Swedish translation of Character Analysis [Luonneanalyysi]
to be published by University of Helsinki Press later this year.
Character Analysis has also been translated into Finnish. And
there's the possibility that The Murder of Christ may soon be
re-printed in French, after being out of print in France for many years.
HEILEN MIT ORGONENERGIE
(HEALING WITH ORGONE ENERGY)
Jorgos Kavouras, M.D., who was one of the instructors at the 2004
Summer Conference, has recently published Heilen Mit Orgonenergie.
For over twenty-five years Dr. Kavouras has maintained a general
practice in Germany and Greece in which the orgone accumulator
is his principal therapeutic tool. In this book, Dr. Kavouras documents
over 40 case studies of his practical experience with the orgone
accumulator. Dr. Kavouras is currently looking for a publisher
for an English version of Heilen Mit Orgonenergie. The book
can be purchased by contacting Turm Verlag (email@example.com)
REICH'S COURSES (1940-41) AT THE
NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
Reich taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City
for three semesters: Spring and Fall of 1940, and Spring of 1941.
The fee for each course was $12.50. Below are Reich's course
descriptions and biography as they appeared in the 1940 and 1941
BIOLOGICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL ASPECTS
I. The biological nucleus of psychic structure "Psychic Structure";
the result of a conflict between biological and sociological factors.
Definition of the biological, psychological and sociological points
of view. Libido and anxiety as primary functions of the autonomic
nervous system; the sensations of pleasure, anxiety and anger,
in relation to the autonomic nervous system. Emotional current and
the function of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
Plasma-current in amoebae. Electrophysiological findings concerning
pleasure and anxiety. The abdominal vegetative plexus and the function.
II. The Characterological Armor
Psychic defense mechanisms, character armor; the neurotic symptom
as a sign of damned-up biological energy. Stiffness, hardness, feeling
of deadness. The longing for and fear of liberty; neurotic helplessness
and need for help, lack and fear of responsibility; human structure as
conditioned by authority and freedom. The somatic basis of the neurosis.
The muscular armor and its identity with the characterological armor.
Muscular spasm binding biological energy. Connections with various
metaphysical teachings e.g. yoga breathing ceremonials, Nirvana, etc.
Typical somatic sensations as the basis of delusion formation.
III. Characterological structure as a structuralized social process.
Irrationalism in mass psychology. From cure of mental disease to
prevention; possible contributions of medical psychology to
understanding somatic disease, mental hygiene
THEORETICAL SEMINAR: PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH
TO PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
The principal aim of this seminar is a study of Freud's libido
theory and the problem of how and why it reached the limits of
psychological investigation which it was not able to transcend.
The seminar shows, further, the clinical avenue of approach from
purely psychological investigation to biology and physiology,
leading up to a discussion of the psychosomatic problem.
It discusses scientifically and clinically the material which
the preceding lecture course presented in a more general and
CLINICAL PROBLEMS IN PSYCHO-SOMATIC MEDICINE
This is a character analysis vegeto-therapy clinic for physicians,
teachers, psychologists and research workers who have attended
the general lecture course. It gives the students the opportunity to
present clinical and educational cases for discussion.
BIOGRAPHY (from Course Catalog)
Wilhelm Reich. Vienna. Director of the Scandinavian Institute
for Life Research in Sex Economy, Oslo and Copenhagen;
formerly at the Psychological Institute, University of Oslo;
first Assistant at the Psychoanalytic Polyclinic and attending
physician at the Psychiatric Clinic, Vienna; member of the
Psychoanalytic Educational Committee and director of the
seminar of the seminar for Psychoanalytic Technique, Vienna;
Honorary Member, International Society for Plasmogeny.
Author of Die Funktion des Orgasmus; Charakteranalyse;
Experimentelle Ergebnisse uber die elektrische Funktion
von Sexualitat und Angst.
ORGONON'S OTHER SUMMER ACTIVITIES
While our primary focus is on programs, exhibits, and other
functions specific to Reich's life and legacy, we are part of
the vibrant communities of Rangeley and Oquossoc, Maine,
and recognize our responsibilities to our local friends and neighbors.
Our property and facilities are the venue for a myriad of
educational, recreational, and social activities that bring
hundreds of people to Orgonon every year. And we feel
that all of these activities, while not about Reich, are very
much in keeping with the essence of his personality, his life,
and his work.
In 1989 we began a Natural Science Program, funded largely
by grants, attracting people to our meadows, woods, trails
and waterfront for lectures, workshops, and hikes. In 2001
a sheltered outdoor classroom was erected, allowing us to
expand this program. And our Conference Building continues
to be the site of additional educational and social events.
Below is a list of our summer offerings.
NATURAL SCIENCE PROGRAM: SUMMER 2005
Sundays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Naturalist: Warren Balgooyen
"Introduction to Lichen Exploration"
"Exploring Moose & White Tail Deer"
Russell Brooks & John Lazotte
Maine Guide: Tom Hooke
"Native American Storytelling"
Maine Master Guide: Ray Reitze
Michaeline Mulvey & Ted Elliott of the Maine Mycological Society
"Introduction to Orienteering with a Practical Course"
Maine Guide: Cheryl Fisherburton
"Creating a Nature Journal"
Artist/Teacher: Sonja Johnson
EVENING OF MUSIC - SATURDAY NIGHT – JULY 16
Last year we had a sell-out crowd at this event. Two hours of rhythmic,
fast-paced entertainment featuring four lively musical performances,
each emphasizing different musical instruments. And it all happened
in the museum's Conference Building with a beautiful view of the
landscape at sunset. There was even a rainbow. And at 7:00 p.m.
on July 16th, all of our performers will be back for an encore
(plus two additional musicians):
Jazz pianist Andy Kahn
Fiddle players Mike Schrader and his daughters Leah &
Acoustic guitarist Mike Blythe
Flutists Sara Lloyd and Sue Downes-Borko, who will be
joined this year by Marni Lawson and Lennie Yamashiro,
appearing as "The Hot Airs" flute quartet
Admission is $8.50 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under.
Refreshments will be served. So come on out to Orgonon for what
promises to be another unique and enjoyable evening.
UNTIL NEXT MONTH
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