John S. Gentile, Ph.D.

The Trickster Archetype: A Lecture with Storytelling

October 19 Saturday Lecture 7:30 pm
members: free; non-members: $20; students: $10

Liar, cheater, deceiver, thief! With a wicked sense of fun, Trickster figures inevitably bring disorder and upset established authority. A “coincidence of opposites” (coincidentia oppositorum), Tricksters are typically an outrageously selfish and driven by their animal desires, yet may also be cultural heroes who bring great gifts to the benefit of all of humanity. This lecture with storytelling considers the Trickster as an archetypal figure as told in stories from around the world.

John Gentile, Ph.D.John S. Gentile, (Ph.D. Performance Studies, Northwestern University; M.A. Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute) recently won the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation & Performance Studies from the National Communication Association as well as Outstanding Research & Creative Activity Awards at Kennesaw State University, where he currently teaches courses in storytelling, literature, performance art, and mythology. He has a special interest in Irish myth and directs the KSU study abroad program at the Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland. He has led student and community storytelling tours to Ireland’s mythic sacred sites.

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Coming from GA 400, take the Abernathy Rd, Exit 5, towards Sandy Springs. Go about 1.5 miles on Abernathy Rd and the church will be on the right, just past Brandon Mill Road. Proceed to the next light (River Valley) and make a right into the parking lot.