Mikita Brottman is a Professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies and the MA Program  in Critical Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the heart of beautiful Baltimore . She's a writer of non-fiction, both academic and creative, and a psychoanalyst certified through NAAP. She has a D.Phil in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, and a PhD in psychoanalysis. She works in a voluntary capacity at the Jessup Correctional Institute as part of the JCI Prison Scholars Program, and she is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). She lives in the old Belvedere Hotel in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with her partner, the movie critic David Sterritt, and their popular French bulldog, Oliver. 

You can contact her at: mikita.brottman@gmail.com

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MELISSA DAUM                                                    

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Melissa Daum is an eating disorder therapist at a treatment program on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is particularly interested in feminine psychology as it relates to motifs in fairy tales, myths, and culture. At her alma mater, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Melissa taught courses on dreams and psychopathology.  Melissa has given presentations on alchemy, erotic transference, and Jungian theory.

Melissa studied costuming and fashion before turning to depth psychology, and has worked on several touring productions of Broadway musicals as well as in regional theater and opera. Melissa has also been a yoga instructor for 7 years. She is trained in trauma sensitive yoga. 

Melissa is available for individual and couples therapy in Manhattan and North Brooklyn.

Visit her website at www.melissadaum.com

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Mikita's current courses

The Uncanny

   You feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up…. It’s a horribly creepy feeling, but you can’t understand it or explain it. Chances are, you’re in the presence of the Uncanny. Ernst Jentsch and, later, Sigmund Freud defined the Uncanny as the feeling evoked by being in the presence of something simultaneously familiar and strange (although, as we’ll discover, it’s more subtle and complicated than this…). In this course, we’ll explore the uncanny in literature, visual art, psychology and culture, engaging with its various manifestations across a wide range of texts and contexts. Discussion will focus on a number of interconnected topics, including repetition, doubles, strange coincidences, animals, ghosts, machines, telepathy, death and laughter. Link to the course blog