The McMillan Institute

McMillan LionWe are thrilled and deeply honored to announce the founding of The Frank N. McMillan, Jr., Institute of Jungian Studies at The Jung Center. The Institute hosts local and online educational experiences that advance C.G. Jung’s exploration of the frontiers of the human soul.

The son of a rancher in rural Milam County, Texas, Frank McMillan, II, once wrote a friend that “Jung saved my life.” A chance encounter with the artist Forrest Bess, in a diner on Matagorda Bay in 1954, led McMillan to a lifelong passion for Jung’s thought and an uncompromising pursuit of the authentically examined life. As he wrote, “The great contribution of Jung is not that his ideas form any final explanation . . . but that they are penetrating insights that open doors and lead the way for further elaboration and understanding.”

The Jung Center shares this passion. At the heart of our mission is the belief that compassionate, ethical action in the world depends on knowing oneself. We create community best when we are able to discern our unconscious motivations and recollect our projections onto others. And each of us must walk our own paths – no one can tell us who we are or what we must be in the world.

The McMillan Institute features lectures, workshops, conferences, and other learning opportunities, many of which will also be available online in the coming years. It is also the new home of the Fay Lectures, which for more than two decades have spotlighted the most innovative scholars in analytical psychology from around the world. These honorary lectures are presented annually and are published by Texas A&M Press. More information about the next Fay Lectures, featuring Tom Elsner, will be available soon.

Read the story behind Frank N. McMillan III’s inspiration to create this institute in honor of his father.


The Jung Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Escamilla, MD, as its first McMillan Institute Scholar.  In January of 2016, Dr. Escamilla will begin coordinating The Fay Lectures, editing The Fay Lecture book series, and curating and creating content for The Jung Page, an extensive collection of resources for students, scholars, and all others with an interest in depth psychology.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Escamilla on his appointment!

A link to the full press release regarding Michael Escamilla’s appointment can be found here.


Paranoia: The Madness That Makes History
Luigi Zoja
Sunday, June 4
1 – 5 pm
$90 ($80 Jung Center Members)
4 CE Hours

Join us in welcoming Italian Jungian analyst Luigi Zoja for an insightful study of the use and misuse of paranoia in the past and present.

Because I Said So! How Our Parents’ Voices Shape Our Lives (And How To Transform Them
John Price
Three Tuesdays, June 6 – 20
5:45 – 7:15 pm
$100 ($90 Jung Center Members)
4.5 CE Hours

In this class, we will examine the various voices we have internalized and ask the questions: Do these voices broaden and enrich my life experience, or are they limitations imposed on me from without? How do I manage the influence these voices have on my life?

Look Deeper: A Reading Group
Sean Fitzpatrick
Two Fridays, June 9 and July 14
12 – 1 pm
1 CE Hours ($10 processing fee for CE and CPE certificates)

Join us for this free lunchtime reading group, facilitated by Jung Center director Sean Fitzpatrick.

The Sould of the World and the “Trump Phenomenon”
Ronald Schenk
Thursday, June 15
7 – 8:30 pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours

Is the culture in crisis? Is what is happening in culture any different than before? This lecture will present contemporary cultural phenomena as interactions of a larger cultural unconscious.

Sex: The Flesh and Blood of It
Michael Box
Lecture: Friday, June 16
7 – 8:30 pm
1.5 CE hours
Workshop: Saturday, June 17
10 am – 4 pm
$100 ($90 Jung Center Members)
4.5 CE Hours

Jung repeatedly emphasized the role that sexuality plays in the individuation process, claiming that a disturbed sexuality was at the core of many complexes that hindered a person’s ability to individuate or develop. So what do we lose when we skirt around the nitty-gritty details – the flesh and blood of sex?

In A Dark Time: Mining Meaning from the Abyss
Diana Heritage
Saturday, June 24
1 – 4 pm
$65 ($55 members)
3 CE Hours

A dark time can descend at any point in our lives, leaving us disoriented, bereft, and adrift in a world that no longer makes sense. How do we cope?

Book Study: Addiction to Perfection by Marion Woodman
Hope Arnold
Four Wednesdays, June 5 – 26
5:45 – 7:15 pm
$135 ($125 members)
6 CE hours

Join us for a close reading and weekly discussion of Marion Woodman’s book, Addiction to Perfection.

Transcending This Anxious Age
Sean Fitzpatrick
Four Tuesdays, July 11 – August 1
5:45 – 7:15 pm
$135 ($125 members)

Explore how, rather than paralyze us, anxiety can catalyze change in our personal and collective lives.

Second Annual Summer Conference:
The Boundaries of the Imagination – Dreamscapes

Various Instructors
Friday, July 14
7 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 15
9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, July 16
9 am – 12 pm
$260 ($235 members)
11.5 CE hours

Dive deeply into dreams and dreamwork at the second installment of our three-day summer conference series, “The Boundaries of the Imagination.”

The Paradox of Suffering: Our Unwelcome Companion
Carol Tripp Smith
Lecture: Friday, July 21
7 – 8:30 pm
$20 ($15 members)
1.5 CE Hours
Workshop: Saturday, July 22
10 am – 4 pm
$100 ($90 Jung Center Members)
4.5 CE Hours

Suffering is inherent to being alive, and our approach to suffering is significant. How might we re-envision suffering as a blessing that can bring change, not ruin?

Film Screening:
Jungians Speaking: Murray Stein
Luis Moris, with Kate Burns and Rodney Waters
Friday, July 28
1 CE Hour

Get an insider’s view of the International School of Analytical Psychology, Zurich through an intimate, video-recorded interview with famed Jungian analyst Murray Stein.