Maria Cristina Aguirre is a psychoanalyst, practicing in New York. She was trained in Lacanian Psychoanalysis in France where she worked and practiced for 17 years, and has a Doctorate in Psychoanalysis from the University of Paris VII. She is currently Senior Psychologist at Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, NY, and is the Coordinator of the New York Freud Lacan Analytic Group, Editor of the Lacanian Compass, an on-line Lacanian newsletter.

Marilia Aisenstein began as a student of philosophy, then trained as a psychoanalyst in Paris. She is a former president of the Parisian Psychoanalytic Society (Member of the IPA), and has been actively engaged in psychoanalysis in public policy in France. She represents Europe at the IPA Executive Committee. She was president of the Psychoanalytic Institute for Psychosomatic Diseases (IPSO, in Paris), a clinic for psychoanalytic psychotherapy and research for patients suffering from severe somatic diseases and has developed a specific view on psychosomatic balance.

Vincent Crapanzano is distinguished professor of comparative literature and anthropology at the Graduate Center of New York's City University. His landmark work in Morocco more than 30 years ago put the field of psychoanalytic anthropology on the map.  He is the author of several books, including Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan.  More recently he has received acclaim for his Serving the Word:: Literalism in America from the Pulpit to the Bench  and Imaginative Horizons.

Andre Green is one of the most influential psychoanalysts in France.  A major contributor to psychoanalysis as a theorist and a clinician, he has always linked his theory with practice.  A member of the psychoanalytic society of Paris, he attended Lacan’s Seminaire for a number of years. Green has developed his own original ideas, although he has always acknowledged Lacan’s influence on his work, along with that of Bion and Winnicott, and most importantly, Freud. Green’s most famous contributions center on issues of narcissism, the psychoanalytic setting and process, ‘the work of the negative’ in psychoanalysis, representation, language and time.  His paper ‘The Dead Mother’, however, is probably his best known, and provides the most suggestive metaphor regarding his clinical work with narcissistic pathologies.

Jim Herzog is an adult and child psychiatrist at BPSI where he is a Training and Supervising Analyst and a child and adolescent Supervising Analyst.  He is also a supervisory analyst at the Sigmund Freud Institute in Zürich.  Dr. Herzog’s areas of research and writing focus on play, aggression, trauma and violence, the role of the father and Holocaust related studies.  He teaches at Harvard and at the University of Hamburg and works as a consultant to the German government.  His book, Father Hunger: Explorations with Children and Adults, is published by Analytic Press.

Lila J. Kalinich is a Training and Supervising analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she has taught both theory and analytic process for more than 35 years. She brought the work of French analytic theorists into the curriculum with an elective on post-War French thought in the mid-80s. Shortly thereafter she introduced the study of the work of Jacques Lacan into a central theoretical course in the curriculum. She has published in a variety of disciplines in addition to psychoanalysis.

Julia Kristeva is Director of the Institute for the Study of Texts and Documents at University of Paris VII and visiting professor at Columbia University.  She is the recipient of France’s distinguished "Chevalière de la légion d'honneur" and in 2004 won the Holberg International Prize for her “innovative explorations of questions on the intersection of language, culture and literature [that] have inspired research across the humanities and the social sciences throughout the world”.  A practicing psychoanalyst, she is a careful reader of Freud, and finds his voice in such contemporary concerns as desire, love, revolution, the poetic, the soul, faith.

Thomas Laqueur is the Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor, Department of History,   at the University of California, Berkeley, and at UCSF School of Medicine.  Recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities and many other Fellowships, he is the author of the internationally acclaimed and translated, Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Harvard University Press, 1990).  Among other books and articles, Professor Laqueur has written about “The facts of fatherhood”, “Names, bodies and the anxiety of erasure” and “The place of the dead in modernity.”  He is currently working on a history of death entitled The Dead Among the Living.

Eric Laurent is a French psychoanalyst, practicing in Paris. Dr. Laurent has a Masters in Ethnology, a Masters in Psychology and a Doctorate in Psychoanalysis.  He is active in the international psychoanalytic community. Since 1974, Dr. Laurent has published extensively, and his work has been translated into more than 6 languages. In English, his articles have been published in Lacanian Ink, Psychoanalytical Notebooks, and Almanac of Psychoanalysis, among others. His writing appears in on-line Journals such as: Mental-on-line, Lacanian Compass, and Lacanian Praxis.

Helen Meyers is a training and supervising analyst at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center. She is renowned internationally as a leader in psychoanalytic education and as a psychoanalytic thinker and writer. Instrumental in establishing the House of Delegates of the International Psychoanalytical Association and herself one of the nine North American delegates, she was elected as the representative delegate to the Executive Council of the IPA and has served as vice president of the IPA. For 15 years, Dr. Meyers has led the Regional Council of Greater New York, which sponsors joint meetings between the New York and Philadelphia psychoanalytic societies and institutes. A leader in the American Psychoanalytic Association, Dr. Meyers has served on the Board of Professional Standards, the Executive Council, the Committee on Certification, The Program Committee, and the Committee on New Training Facilities and as a councilor-at-large. Dr. Meyers has served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychotherapy and JAPA. She is widely known for her writing on gender, perversions, masochism, adolescence, aggression, psychic reality and psychoanalytic education. As a plenary speaker at the 1997 International Congress in Barcelona, she gave a talk on sexuality in the clinical situation. In 1998, she was chosen to be the first Traveling Woman Psychoanalytic Scholar of the APsaA.

John Muller is Director of Training at the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA. He is on the faculty of the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute. In 1995 and 1998, he was awarded the Felix and Helena Deutsch Scientific Prize, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, Consulting Editor on Semiotics, Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, Corresponding Editor of The Letter: Lacanian Perspectives on Psychoanalysis, and he is the Coordinator of Lacanian Clinical Forum. He wrote Beyond the Psychoanalytic Dyad: Developmental Semiotics in Freud, Peirce, and Lacan. (New York, Routledge, 1996), Ouvrir les Écrits de Jacques Lacan (Paris, Erès, 1987), and edited with W.J. Richardson: Lacan and Language: A Reader’s Guide to Écrits (New York, International Universities Press, 1982), and The Purloined Poe: Lacan, Derrida, and Psychoanalytic Reading (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988). He translated Lacan and Language by P. Julien. (Paris, Erès, 1987), and co-edited with J. Brent Peirce, Semiotics, and Psychoanalysis (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).

Rosine Jozef Perelberg is a Training Analyst and Supervisor, Fellow of the British Psycho-analytical Society and had obtained a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalytic Theory at University College, London, where she is coordinator of the Freud Seminars and of the seminars on Sexuality. She is currently preparing a volume on Freud's work  Freud: The Dynamics of the Unconscious , and a book entitled Time and Space in Psychoanalysis.

Christine Anzieu-Premmerer is the Director of the Parent-Infant Program at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research.  Though she currently lives and practices in New York City, her training in psychology and psychoanalysis took place in France, where she was taught by pre-eminent clinicians and theorists such as Lebovici, Chasseguet-Smirgel, and Lacan.  She is on the editorial board of the Revue Francaise de Psychanalyse.  She has published two books in French, one on play in child psychotherapy and the other on psychoanalytic interventions with parents and babies.

Arnold Richards was Editor of JAPA from 1994 to 2003 and before that was an Editor of TAP. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, on the faculty of the NYU and Mount Sinai Medical Schools Departments of Psychiatry, a member of the American Psychological Association Division 39, Section 1, and member of the New York Freudian Society, and an honorary member of the Karen Horney Clinic and the New  Jersey Psychoanalytic Society.  He is the editor with Martin S. Willick of: Psychoanalysis, the Science of Mental Conflict: Essays in Honor of Charles  Brenner. Hillsdale, N.J.: Analytic Press, 1986; editor with Arlene Kramer Richards, Harold Blum, and Yale Kramer of Unconscious Fantasy, Myth, and Reality in Honor of Jacob A. Arlow (International Universities Press, 1988); he also edited The Spectrum of Psychoanalysis: Essays in Honor of Martin S.  Bergmann with Arlene Kramer Richards (International Universities Press, 1994); and the editor of The Perverse Transference and Other Matters: Essays in Honor of R. Horacio Etchegoyen with Jorge L. Ahumada , Jorge Olagaray, Arlene Kramer  Richards (Jason Aronson, 1997).

Ted Tayler is Lionel Trilling Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Columbia, where he has taught the poetry and prose of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with special attention to Shakespeare and Milton, “for a long time.” As a scholar, he has won Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, was named Honored Scholar by the Milton Society, and has published many articles and three books. But it is especially as a teacher that Professor Tayler is revered, winning awards from both students: "Great Teacher," Society of Older Graduates (1985), Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching and Leadership (1986) and the University: Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching (1996), Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum (1998).

Stuart Taylor studied literature at Berkeley before becoming a physician and psychoanalyst. In addition to clinical practice, he also teaches in the medical school, psychoanalytic institute and undergraduate college at Columbia. He received the 2004 Sabshin teaching award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. He has presented his work on Freud and the humanities at regional and international meetings. A clinical paper on trauma in the aftermath of 9/11 is in press.