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Star Trek: A Psychoanalysis (Grand Rapids)

Thursday, January 9, 2020
12:00 am - 1:30 am EDT

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Wealthy Theatre Annex – Front Studio (map below)
1110 Wealthy Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Star Trek has inspired a devoted following since it first aired in 1966. Why does it have such a colossal appeal? Each richly nuanced episode calls to us on numerous levels simultaneously. The series was the first sci-fi show to treat the adventure of space exploration as a serious matter, going far beyond earlier kids shows. Like the best sci-fi novels, it brought together dramatic action, exciting predictions of breakthroughs in science and technology, and social concerns as well.

Join us as Dr. Thomas Picard (yes that’s really his name), who was an early fan of Star Trek, shares his fascination and insights from the series. A practicing psychiatrist and teacher he noticed when he began his professional training that practically every theme and topic covered in his courses applied to at least one Trek adventure. That realization struck him with the ambition to ferret out the treasures of hidden layers of meaning in the “Star Trek,” the original series.

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Exterior image of the Wealthy Theatre Annex Building
Wealthy Theatre Annex Building – 1110 Wealthy St. SE

The Wealthy Theatre Annex is two buildings down from the main Theatre Building – See Map below.

FREE Parking is available in the Wealthy Theatre lot behind the Theatre and Annex Buildings via Barth/Sigsbee or the driveway East of the Annex Building. Street parking is also free after 5pm. Handicap parking is available immediately behind the Annex Building.

After the meeting, join us at Brick Road Pizza, just down the block at 1017 Wealthy St SE in Grand Rapids, to continue the conversation, and enjoy food & drinks. See Map above or View Map on Google Maps.

CFI MI values the full participation for all attendees at our events, including individuals with disabilities, in accordance with our Event Culture and Expectations Policy. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event.

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About Thomas H. Picard, MD

Author, Star Trek A Psychoanalysis

Thomas H. Picard, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor's in Physics and he earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed a residency in psychiatry with Menninger School of Psychiatry in Kansas.