Cuesta College Library and the Central Coast Jung Society will host a reception showcasing the new Roselma Quinn Memorial Library donation at the San Luis Obispo campus library on Friday, Oct. 26.

The event, set for 5 to 7 p.m., will include lively conversations, music, snacks, an art installation and a review of a one-of-a-kind collection that features nearly 700 books and writings by Carl Gustav Jung and many of his colleagues and associates.

The Central Coast organization is devoted to discussing the ideas of Jung, the father of analytical psychology. The society meets regularly and established a Jungian collection at Cuesta several years ago.

Combined with the Ora Matthews Memorial Library and its nearly 500 volumes, Cuesta now houses one of the largest collections between Los Angeles and San Francisco of the works of the Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist that can be checked out by library users.

“This is a great opportunity to learn more about Jung,” said Carina Love of the Cuesta College Library. “Thanks to these donations, Cuesta is now able to offer material to the public that was previously only found in private Jung club organizations.”

Jung, who born in 1875 and was an early follower of Sigmund Freud, developed the concepts of extroverted and introverted personalities, archetypes and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature and related fields.

At the reception will be a special art installation, Layers of Memory, by Steven Boothe. Participants can watch the artist work and contribute to his mixed-media collage of vintage photographs suspended amid wire layers of a queen-size box spring.

“My intent is to represent the layers of memory formed through the experiences and circumstances associated with the passage of time,” said Boothe.

For more details, call Kathy DeCou of Cuesta College Library at 546-3190. Parking is free in Lot No. 2.


Jay Thompson  |  (805) 546-3100, ext. 2636  |  Email: jay_thompson@cuesta.edu  |  Posted on Oct. 24, 2012