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Damion Searls

THE POWER OF SEEING: RORSCHACH, THE INKBLOTS, AND THE ENDURING RELEVANCE OF THE ICONIC TEST

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH | 3:30PM

From its infiltration of pop-culture in Alan Moore's The Watchmen, to its enduring relevance as a controversial method of psychological evaluation, the Rorschach Test remains a source of fascination and has confirmed its place in the historical lexicon of psychological study. Why has the iconic test stayed so relevant — and what kind of fascinating mind invented the inkblots? In the first-ever biography of Hermann Rorschach, Guggenheim Fellow Damion Searls tackles the infamous inkblots and their charismatic creator in his new book, The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, The Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing. Searls takes the stage to discuss Rorschach, the fascinating story behind the inkblots, and what we can learn from them today. This afternoon's events are proudly presented by Festival Sponsor Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Damion Searls will be available to sign copies of his book immediately following the discussion. 

PRAISE FOR THE INKBLOTS

“Impressively thorough… part biography of Herman Rorschach, psychoanalytic super sleuth, and part chronicle of the test’s afterlife in clinical practice and the popular imagination… Searls is a nuanced and scholarly writer… genuinely fascinating.”
New York Times Book Review

“A marvelous book about how one man and his enigmatic test came to shape our collective imagination. The Rorschach test is a great subject and The Inkblots is worthy of it: beguiling, fascinating, and full of new discoveries every time you look.” 
David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z

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Damion Searls is a translator from German, Norwegian, French, and Dutch and a writer in English. He is the author of a book on Hermann Rorschach and the Rorschach test, and has translated many classic modern writers, including Proust, Rilke, Nietzsche, Walser, Ingeborg Bachmann, Alfred Döblin, Jon Fosse, Elfriede Jelinek, and Nescio, edited a new abridged edition of Thoreau's Journal, and produced a lost work of Melville's. Searls grew up in New York City, studied German philosophy at Harvard and American literature at UC Berkeley, and has received writing and translating awards from PEN America, PEN Center USA, the Netherland America Foundation, the University of California, and the Austrian, Belgian, and Dutch governments. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn.