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Saybrook’s Website Has a Facelift - Check It Out

12/02/2012

Want to learn more about the new Saybrook and our new academic model focused on specific areas of study and professional outcomes?

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Saybrook President Contributing to Huffington Post

11/29/2012

Saybrook University President Mark Schulman, PhD, has been invited to join the Pulitzer prize-winning Huffington Post, contributing blog posts to the College News section and sharing Saybrook’s unique perspective on education, science and the politics of higher education.

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Saybrook University introduces classes held entirely on Facebook

11/28/2012

“Project X” reinvents the graduate school experience, using “online education” in new ways.

If you take a class in “Project X” here’s what you won’t have to do:  buy textbooks, drive to class, or sit through a lecture. 

Here’s what you will have to do:  conduct a conversation, over Facebook, with a leading scholar about a subject in his field that’s keeping him up at night, and then work with your fellow students to advance our understanding of the issue.

It’s a whole new approach to graduate education – and all you need to participate is an internet connection.

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Saybrook University Faculty Take Leading Roles in APA

07/02/2012
Steven Pritzker

The American Psychological Association (APA) has elected Saybrook University faculty member Dr. Steven Pritzker president-elect of Division 10: the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

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A virtual memorial for Jeanne Achterberg (Jeannie to her friends)

03/13/2012

We mourn the loss of Jeanne Achterberg and celebrate her marvelous life.  We invite you to share on this site your own reflections about Jeannie

All of us at Saybrook are grateful that Jeanne served on the faculty for over 20 years.  We cannot count the number of students and faculty who have learned so much from her.  Jeanne wrote about her time at Saybrook: 

“My expertise in working with students comes from a long love affair with being a researcher in unusual fields of health and healing, and from enjoying the excitement and energy that transpires in learner/mentor activities. I do help students (and faculty) get published, as evidenced by numerous examples in journals that I edit or have edited.”

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A virtual memorial for Arne Collen: celebrate his life with us here

02/13/2012

The Saybrook community is saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Arne Collen.

Saybrook's community, united in scholarship and practice, is spread across the world -- and so Arne's friends and colleagues likewise stretch around the globe, mourning the loss of such a unique man and vital scholar.

Appreciating the difficulties of gathering such a dispersed community together on short notice for a memorial service, his family has asked that a virtual memorial -- a living document testifying to his life, passion, and legacy -- be held online.

We invite you to be part of it: if you have a fond recollection or favorite story about Arne, or just want to say "thank you" or "goodbye," please share it with his community of loved ones in the comments section below.

Arne has been a member of our faculty since 1978 and most recently served as Director of Research. He has deeply touched the lives of so many of our students and colleagues over the years. Willson Williams, co-Chair of the PHS faculty, knew Arne well. “Arne was one of the most gentle and kind people I have ever known. He had a gentle soul. He was thoughtful and caring and thought of others before himself. He had a generous and kind spirit.”

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Natalie Rogers' new book explores expressive arts for social change

02/07/2012

Natalie Rogers“Creativity is like freedom: once you taste it, you cannot life without it. It is a transformational force, enhancing self-esteem and self-empowerment.” -- Natalie Rogers

Natalie Rogers, PhD, founder of the transformational Creative Connection® system of person-centered expressive arts has published an all-in-one guide to group facilitation titled: The Creative Connection for Groups ~ Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change, which, I believe, has the power to impact personal and global transformation and healing.

Every step of her unique, intermodal expressive arts process is explained in a way which allows readers to take part in the exercises as if they were participating in a workshop intensive. The tools, procedures, and resources designed to initiate creative action have all been included, making it a ‘must have’ book for anyone ready to stimulate growth through expressive creative action. This book is a soulful wake-up call for a world in crisis which requires new ways of seeing, acting, and being to begin the journey toward peace through community engagement. Natalie Rogers writes: “Using creative expression to get acquainted with oneself – one’ values, thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams – is imperative in today’s world” (p. 4). The next step – using expressive arts to build community and move in the direction of inner and world peace – is the goal closest to Rogers’ heart. The underlying theme of the book is encouragement of expressive arts being used in groups as a vehicle for personal growth, transpersonal work, and building a sense of belonging and community (Rogers, 2011, p. 208).

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Saybrook University introduces PhD program focusing on Creativity Studies

01/19/2012

A complex fast changing world demands new, creative approaches to everything from corporate strategies to food preparation:  Saybrook University is pleased to announce the creation of a unique psychology PhD program specializing Creativity Studies.

Saybrook has a long connection with the study of creativity:  one of its founders was legendary psychologist Rollo May, who wrote The Courage to Create, and significant work on creativity was also performed by Saybrook faculty such as Abraham Maslow. 

Today Saybrook is home to many of the leading contemporary scholars studying creativity, including Ruth Richards, Editor of Everyday Creativity, and Steven Pritzker, Co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Creativity.  Together, they are creating a community that helps students become scholars in their own right.

The program will appeal to students interested in studying every aspect of creativity, including the traditional arts as well as a variety of other fields such as organizational creativity, mental health, education and social transformation. The curriculum will also include research into aspects of everyday creativity including, family life, daily decision making, and relationships. This study of creativity will be both academic and hands on:  as they become scholars of creativity theory, students will also apply what they learn to enhancing their own creative process and providing learning skills to help others.

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Saybook's Donna Nassor appointed as a New York representative of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA)

01/17/2012

Psychology/Social Transformation PhD student Donna Nassor has been appointed as a New York representative of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) since the 1980s.

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Rollo May's last book, "The Psychology of Existence," to be re-issued

01/16/2012

McGraw-Hill has announced that it is re-issuing The Psychology of Existence, the last book that pioneering existential psychologist Rollo May wrote in 2004.

May was one of the founders of Saybrook University, and wrote The Psychology of Existence with Kirk Schneider, a Saybrook graduate who is now also a member of Saybrook's faculty.

The New Existentialists has an interview with Schneider about the continued relevance of The Psychology of Existence, along with a discussion about what it was like to work with May in the last days of his life, getting him a copy of the gally proofs to review just two days before his death.

Read the interview here.

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