Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lakeland professors talk about importance, symbolism of dreams

Tony Palermo has been fascinated with dreams since he was a child.

“I remember being amazed at how real some of my dreams were and how my emotions were affected by them,” Palermo said.

During graduate school, Palermo researched symbolism which led him to the study of dreams.

Palermo is now an associate professor of humanities at Lakeland Community College, and he’ll be sharing his knowledge of dreams and dream interpretations at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

The talk will be part of the library’s Monday University series.

“It’s been my experience that the majority of people love to talk about their dreams,” Palermo said. “More than anything else, they are ‘personal mysteries,’ which individuals love to solve. Once given the proper tools, most people can do their own interpretations; and it is phenomenal how much you can learn about yourself through interpretations.”

Palermo will be joined at the library by Jim Dailey, another associate professor at Lakeland. He specializes in the science of sleep, which has a big impact on the study of dreams.

Those who come to the Monday University program will learn the significance of dreaming, the importance of dreams in several religious traditions, and some methods and techniques with which people can interpret and understand their own dreams.

The talk at Mentor Public Library is free and open to the public. However, people are asked to register for it beforehand.

They can also sign up to hear Palermo and Dailey by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 215.

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