The Life and Ideas of James Hillman



Our friends at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco are honoring James Hillman through this seminar and the Asheville Jung Center is very happy to host the event live online. James Hillman, who authored more than twenty-five books before his death at 86 in 2011, is considered the founder of archetypal psychology, an important post-Jungian school of thought. With Hillman’s authorization, Dick Russell has been working on his biography for more than seven years. The two-volume work is based upon many hours of interviews with Hillman and others, as well as dozens of Hillman’s unpublished letters. Russell’s lecture will cover the formative years of Hillman’s life, 1926-1969, with emphasis on the experiences that led him to Zurich’s Jung Institute in the early 1950s and to becoming its first Director of Studies following his student years. Russell will read exceprts from chapters in his book Life and the Ideas of James Hillman: The Making of a Psychologist (Volume One) including revelatory passages concerning Hillman’s relationship with Jung. 


Dick Russell, born and raised in the Midwest, is the eclectic author of eleven books. His latest is a biography of James Hillman, founder of archetypal psychology. Four books co-authored with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura spent weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller list. Eye of the Whale was named among the best books of 2001 by three major newspapers. The Man Who Knew Too Much, about a conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy, was hailed as “a masterpiece of historical reconstruction” by Publisher’s Weekly. Striper Wars: An American Fish Story, recounts the fight to save the Atlantic striped bass. As an environmental activist, Russell was a recipient of the citizen’s Chevron Conservation Award.


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