Memorial Conferences

Bertram Joseph Cohler Memorial Conference
The Department of Comparative Human Development
The University of Chicago
June 13-14, 2013

Bert Cohler was an extraordinary academic with a long and distinguished career, influencing the intellectual debate in the social sciences on the problems of aging and human development, family and the life course, narrative, sexuality, the Shoah, resilience, well being, mental illness and psychoanalysis. Bert was enormously productive, authoring and coauthoring hundreds of papers and several books. Bert’s legacy can be measured not only by his scholarly writings but also by how his ideas have been taken up and used by his students and close colleagues.

One year after Bert’s death, we believe that this is the right time to take stock of Bert’s impact on the direction of the social sciences through his students and colleagues. With the support of the Department of Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago (formerly the Committee on Human Development), Bert’s academic home for 40 years, we are planning a conference on June 13th and 14th to be held at The University of Chicago to celebrate Bert’s scholarly legacy. What has been the impact of Bert’s scholarly work? What is the enduring value of his most pivotal ideas? These are great questions in general, which should be the subject of papers and conversations. However, our intention is to make this a living memorial. How has Bert’s teaching, counsel, mentorship, and friendship influenced the direction of our thinking? What are the next steps to promote his legacy?

We will select about 20-30 papers for presentations. Papers will be assembled in an edited book in Bert’s honor. There will be additional space to attend the conference without giving a paper.

Brian Schiff, Phil Hammack, Robert Galtzer-Levy and Andrew Hostetler

Conference Program


featuring panels on Schools, Emotional Resilience, and LGBT teens


a conference honoring the life and work of Bertram Cohler, Ph.D.

at Francis W. Parker School, 330 West Webster, Chicago, IL 60614

Sponsored by Section II of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association,

Francis W. Parker School and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and DePaul University

Program Outline and Speakers

Conference Reviews and Reflections:

The Essential Other: Rober Galatzer-Levy’s Keynote Address at the Conference Honoring Bertram Cohler” (September 2013) – Blog of Jay Einhorn, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist


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