In a tribute to College alumna Jean Baker Miller (1927 – 2006), a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who had a profound effect on the way today’s psychology views women, leading voices in the field Carol Gilligan and Judith Jordan will present a lecture on the late author of the seminal work, Toward a New Psychology of Women, in the Donnelley Lecture Hall of the Heimbold Visual Arts Center at Sarah Lawrence College on Wednesday, October 24 at 4 p.m.
“A Celebration of the Life and Work of Jean Baker Miller ’48” is presented as the 2007 Helen Merrill Lynd Colloquium, one of several events commemorating the inauguration of Sarah Lawrence College President Karen R. Lawrence. While a student at Sarah Lawrence, Miller studied with Helen Merrill Lynd, co-author of the groundbreaking work Middletown, and one of the College’s early faculty members who helped shape its distinctive pedagogy including an emphasis on putting the theoretical into practice.
Gilligan is author of the landmark work In a Different Voice, which examines gender differences and moral development. She taught for several years at Harvard and now holds an interdisciplinary position at NYU in the Graduate School of Education and the School of Law. Jordan, who authored several books and papers, is known for developing (with her colleagues) ‘the relational-cultural model of women’s development.’ Jordan is the director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute and a founding scholar at the Stone Center at Wellesley College. She also works as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Jean Baker Miller, a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst for over 40 years, was Founding Director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, the first director of the Stone Center at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), and a clinical professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.