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A Message from Saybrook University President Dr. Mark Schulman – New Directions II

12/21/2011
A Message from Saybrook University President Dr. Mark Schulman – New Directions II Last May, I shared the first issue of New Directions, a report beginning a series of regular communications to our community on the current state of Saybrook and how I see our vision and priorities evolving. As we conclude our quadragennial (40th) anniversary year, I thought what better way to report on our...

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Saybrook Alumna Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D. '06 Requests Submissions for Coreopsis

12/21/2011
My friends and colleagues, There is sage wisdom, when a project is involved, in the word "start". This is a re-birth of an idea: a place for artists and scholars working in sacred, mythic, and ritual performance and theatre. A sacred dancing ground, of sorts. This is broadly stated, because it is an emergent multidisciplinary field ranging from the visual arts, writing, composition, to the...

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Postdoc and Doctoral Scholarships Available at the Leo Apostel Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

12/21/2011
Postdoc and Doctoral Scholarships at the Leo Apostel Center for Interdisciplinary Studies: The annual call for applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship or a Doctoral Scholarship at the Leo Apostel Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (Brussels Free University, Belgium) has been released. It offers a broad range of research fields including constructivism. More information can be found on...

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University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences Offering Eight Post-Doc Fellowships

12/21/2011
The University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is once again offering up to eight postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences for the academic year 2012-2013. Fellows will teach one course each semester, complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual communities of the departments with which they are affiliated and...

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Fellowships Available Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowships: Being Humans

12/21/2011
Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowships: Being Humans 2012-13 For artists and humanists, these are extraordinary times: our sense of “the human” is undergoing remarkable transformations, with implications for the future of all life on the planet. But has “humanism” been part of the problem all along? How should we think differently...

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Llecturer Position Open at Queen Mary University of London

12/21/2011
Queen Mary University of London is Inviting Applications for a Lecturer in International Business. They are looking for candidates with a background in comparative international business, economic policy studies and/or Chinese and Indian industrial development. Deadline for applications is January 5, 2012. For more information: http://webapps.qmul.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/jobs.php?id=2723

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Saybrook Alumna Selene Kumin Vega, Ph.D. '09 Offers Spring Workshops

12/21/2011
Selene Kumin Vega, Ph.D. www.spiritmoving.com Workshops for Spring 2012: Exploring Psyche & Soma: Creative & Healing States of Consciousness May 5-6, 2012 (*CE) location tba north of San Francisco. Guiding the Journey: Facilitating Transformative Experiences May 7-11, 2012 (*CE) Earth Rise Retreat Center, IONS Campus, Petaluma, CA Both workshops are part of the Sacred Centers...

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Protecting the Earth's sacred places through education and action

12/17/2011

LogoEarth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project produces a variety of media and educational materials — films, videos, DVDs, articles, photographs, school curricula materials and Web site content — to deepen public understanding of sacred places, indigenous cultures and environmental justice. Their mission is to use journalism, organizing and activism to rekindle reverence for land, increase respect for cultural diversity, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices. For the last decade they have focused on the production and distribution of the documentary film, In the Light of Reverence. They are currently developing a four-part series on sacred places around the world, entitled Standing on Sacred Ground.

In addition to their films, the Sacred Land website houses many useful resources, including Tools for Action, Native Media links, and a Map of Sacred Sites.

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Events

13th Annual White Privilege Conference

12/17/2011

In past years, members of the Saybrook community have been involved with the annual White Privilege Conference. All are invited to attend the upcoming event next March.

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Popular TED conference begins a new initiative focused on education

12/16/2011

293502-tedIn trying to revolutionize education, amazing strides have been made in the last few years, but so many of them don't spread beyond the local level. Real movements for change need a critical mass of interest and a force to help drive them.

TED, the conference series that highlights groundbreaking ideas and people across every discipline you can think of, has in many ways become an informal voice for the "change education" movement. This week TED made it offical by announcing a new initiative called TED-ED.

The TED-ED Brain Trust is a private forum created to shape and accelerate TED's push into the realm of Education. The aim of this community is to assemble a new archive of remarkable TED-ED videos, each designed to catalyze learning around the globe. Unlike TEDTalks, TED-ED videos are less than ten minutes long and may assume a variety of different formats.

At present, the non-profit association has an open call for interest. "We're seeking the expertise of visionary educators, students, organizations, filmmakers & other creative professionals to guide, galvanize & ultimately lead this exciting new initiative," TED posted on a TED-ED Brain Trust interest form. The Brain Trust will pool together these formative ideas to help shape TED-ED, which will later showcase videos, too.

According to a report from The Chronicle of Higher Education, TED-ED will also maintain a list of existing TED talks that relate to educational issues and will re-categorize them in a way that makes sense to educators and learners. Currently, TED tags its talk with terms like "jaw-dropping" and "courageous," which encourages exploration, certainly, but is less useful to educators and administrators looking for ideas and motivation in specific fields or business issues.

Part of this post taken from PCMag.com

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