Sigmund Freud and Hoboken
Lecture at the museum this Sunday at 4pm – official ceremony on Monday, September 21st at 11am – Pier A Park.
Freud saw Hoboken, NJ last!
Ceremony to mark the centennial of Sigmund Freud’s 1909 visit to the U.S. and his departure from Hoboken
Officials and experts will gather on September 21 to mark one of the great symbolic events in American history. Exactly 100 years ago, Sigmund Freud departed at the end of his iconic visit to the United States. A brief ceremony will be held at the site of the piers in Hoboken from which he embarked for his home in Vienna.
Every college textbook in American history mentions Freud’s visit as a symbol of the great cultural changes that came in the twentieth century. His teachings helped bring the modern world of psychotherapy and counseling. On the popular level, Americans learned about unconscious motivations, everyday Freudian slips, sexual repression, complexes, and mental mechanisms like rationalization and projection.
Freud was invited to give lectures at Clark University in Massachusetts, but he came by way of New York, and his ships berthed at Hoboken. The ceremony will take place at the end of the city’s Pier A Park at 11 a.m. Professor Gerald Grob of Rutgers University will speak briefly about the significance of the occasion. A few selections from Freud’s travel diary (some never before translated into English) will be read by a Freud re-enactor.
Among the those scheduled to attend are the special representative of Governor Corzine of New Jersey, the Chief of Staff of the New Jersey Department of State; the Deputy Consul General of Austria, from New York: the Director and Assistant Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York; and state and local officials.
This gathering is one of several events marking the centennial of Freud’s famous visit. One hundred years after Freud finally reached his home in Vienna, on October 2, there will be a brief ceremony at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, with readings from the travel diary corresponding directly with the event in Pier A Park in Hoboken. Clark University will mark the occasion, and throughout the whole centennial year, Rutgers University will hold a series of lectures on Freud’s cultural impact.
The main centennial event will be a prestigious symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine on October 3-4, “After Freud Left: Centennial Reflections on His 1909 Visit to the United States.” There an international panel of scholars will reflect on Freud’s impact on America in the century after he left from Hoboken.
A public lecture at the Hoboken Historical Museum furnishing background on the Pier A event will be presented by Professor John Burnham of Ohio State University on Sunday, September 20, at 4 p.m. at the Hoboken Historical Museum.