June 2007 Wilmer Memorial Lecture

Dr. James Hollis

Dr. James Hollis

    The guest lecturer for the 2007 Wilmer Lecture has followed Harry Wilmer’s path. Fellow Jungian, and internationally known speaker, Dr. James Hollis, will speak on “Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life,” the title of his most recent book.

    Dr. Hollis is the Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center of Houston and is a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice also in Houston.

    He was born in Springfield, Illinois and graduated with an A.B. from Manchester College in 1962 and with a Ph.D. from Drew University in 1967. He taught the Humanities 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland (1977-82).

    He lives with his wife Jill, an artist and therapist, and together they have four adult children. He is a Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was the first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is vice-president of the Philemon Foundation, which is dedicated to the publication of the complete works of Jung.

    He has published eleven books with total sales well over 100,000 copies, the most recent being Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life.

    The Wilmer Memorial Lecture is always held the first weekend in June in Salado and is free and open to the public. This memorial lecture honors Dr. Harry Wilmer, the founder of the Institute for the Humanities who died in 2005, and his son, Hank Wilmer, who was killed in a car accident in 1997. Both men have been instrumental in the success of this organization.