American Studies

Alumna and Cultural Historian Jessica Grogan Speaking at BookPeople

Thu, January 10, 2013

Cultural Historian, Jessica Grogan
ENCOUNTERING AMERICA: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, 
and the Shaping of the Modern Self

A dramatic narrative history of the psychological movement that reshaped American culture.

The expectation that our careers and personal lives should be expressions of our authentic selves, the belief that our relationships should be defined by openness and understanding, the idea that therapy can help us reach our fullest potential—these ideas have become so familiar that it's impossible to imagine our world without them.

In Encountering America, cultural historian Jessica Grogan reveals how these ideas stormed the barricades of our culture through the humanistic psychology movement—the work of a handful of maverick psychologists who revolutionized American culture in the 1960s and '70s. Profiling thought leaders including Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, and Timothy Leary, Grogan draws on untapped primary sources to explore how these minds and the changing cultural atmosphere combined to create a widely influential movement. From the group of ideas that became known as New Age to perennial American anxieties about wellness, identity, and purpose, Grogan traces how humanistic psychology continues to define the way we understand ourselves.

BookPeople is pleased to work with the New Writers Project of the University of Texas for this event in our collaborative New Writers Tour series. Together, we will welcome Jessica Grogan to BookPeople to speak about & sign her new book. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Saint Arnold Brewing Company and the New Writers Project. 

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