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Eugene Taylor to deliver opening address at science of consciousness conference

03/31/2010

Eugene Taylor, director of the Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology concentration at Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic, will deliver the opening address of the first Plenary session of the annual “Toward a Science of Consciousness” conference, April 11 - 17, in Tucson, Arizona.  

Preconference workshops begin on the 12th, and the opening session is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 13th.

A historian, philosopher of psychology, and internationally recognized scholar on the life and work of William James, Taylor’s presentation will be called “Could Radical Empiricism Guide Neurophenomenology as the Future of Neuroscience?”

For more information visit http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu/.

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Marc Pilisuk to speak at conference about revisiting the military-industrial complex

03/31/2010

Marc Pilisuk, a Human Sciences faculty member at Saybrook’s Graduate School of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, will be speaking on the implications of war and military spending at a conference at Purdue University.

The conference, “Revisiting the Idea of the Military Industrial Complex,” will be held on April 9th, and be divided into two parts.  The first will involve Pilisuk, the author of more than 140 articles on conflict and its resolution, discussing his book Who Benefits from Global Violence and War?

The second will consist of a panel of experts local to Purdue on the impact of war and military spending.
The event is free and open to the public – it will be held in Room 206 of Stewart Center, on Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana, campus.

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Saybrook Dialogues commence in April

03/31/2010

The Saybrook Dialogues, an in-depth examination of topical issues facing the world today, kicks off Thursday, April 1, with additional Dialogues scheduled on April 21 and June 10.

All programs are held at Saybrook’s San Francisco campus, 747 Front Street.  Dialogues begin at 7 p.m..

April 1 Dialogue: Leading in the Midst of Change

As leaders (and we are all leaders) our opportunity and challenge is to embrace change, to understand change, and to lead change - within ourselves, our lives, our organizations. This Saybrook Dialogue will focus on tools and practices for leading, and thriving in the midst of change.

Dialogue Leaders

   Bob Andrews, Director of Executive Coaching for Gap Inc.
   Jackie McGrath, Executive Coach

April 21 Dialogue: Appreciative Leadership: Turning Creative Potential into Positive Power

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Additional scholarship and work opportunities for students

03/08/2010

Two potential opportunities for scholarship funds and employment for interested students are available. 

First, the Jenzabar Foundation is currently accepting applications and organizational nominations for Student Leadership Awards.  These awards are to be given to ten campus student groups or individual students leading significant service efforts consistent with the Jenzabar mission:  "to recognize and support the good works and humanitarian efforts of student leaders serving others across the global community." 

The service must make an impact in serving others beyond the institution.  The activity should also be a model that can either be repeated in other areas or that inspires others to form their own service model.  Collaborative service among students is a plus.

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Saybrook to participate in this month's Psychotherapy Networker Conference

03/08/2010

Saybrook University and the Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine are pleased to announce that they will participate as sponsors in the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, hosted by the publication Psychotherapy Networker, from March 25 - 28 in Washington D.C..

Held on the theme of “When times say pull back, we say break through,” the symposium will feature speakers including Dan Goleman San Siegel, Tara Brach, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Natalie Goldberg.  Jim Gordon, the Dean of Saybrook’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, will present twice:  one morning workshop entitled “A Mind-Body Approach for Traumatized Vets,” and an all day workshop entitled “Heal – and Celebrate – Thyself.” 

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Mind-Body Medicine Chair Don Moss travels to support develoment of biofeedback

03/08/2010

Don Moss, the editor of Biofeedback Magazine and the chair of Saybrook’s Graduate college of Mind-Body Medicine, has a busy travel schedule late this month in support of efforts to improve the knowledge and implementation of biofeedback techniques. 

From March 24-27, Moss will attend the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, in San Diego.  He will present two clinical workshops at that meeting:  first, “Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health” with colleague Angele McGrady, and second, “Breath Training and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders” with Saybrook faculty member Fredric Shaffer.

On March 28, Moss will attend the annual board meeting of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, also in San Diego. He is a Board member, and serves as the officer in charge of promoting the certification process for biofeedback professionals internationally.

 

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Shaping the University's response to the crisis in Haiti, students led the way

02/09/2010

 On February 2, Saybrook Interim President Bob Schmitt issued a statement expressing Saybrook’s solidarity with the people of Haiti and describing the steps that members of our community are taking to address their suffering. 

 At many institutions statements like these are drafted only at the highest levels, with the people they purport to represent not finding out about them until long after the fact.  In this case, however, the statement was conceived of by students, and a diverse spectrum of the community was instrumental in its development.

 The Haiti earthquake took place on January 12, just as students and faculty were beginning to travel to the Residential Conference of the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies.  The idea of issuing a statement about  earthquake was first brought forward not in the boardroom, but in a classroom, by Janine Ray, a PhD student in Human Science with a concentration in Social Transformation.  She walked into the January 2010 Residential Conference intensive on Global Citizen Activism, Theory, and Research (co-sponsored by the Social Transformation Concentration and the Human Science degree program), knowing that she couldn’t pretend the earthquake hadn’t happened.

 “It turns out we were all feeling that way,” Ray says.  “We’re the Social Transformation concentration:  we all thought we should be doing something.”

 So the participants in the session began to ask themselves:  what realistically could be done? 

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Saybrook co-sponsors this month's ATP conference

02/09/2010

Saybrook University is proud to co-sponsor this month's Association of Transpersonal Psychology Conference, entitled "Spirituality In Action:  Bringing Transpersonal Psychology to a World in Crisis."

Held from Feb. 12 - 14 at Menlo College, in Atherton, CA, the conference features speakers including Charles Tart, Fred Luskin, Jenny Wade, Olga Louchakova, Ed Bruce Bynum, Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Dean Radin, and Donald Rothberg.

For more information call 650-424-8764,or email info@atpweb.org

 

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We've got a new plan for sustainability

02/09/2010

Sustainability means more than new technology to save the environment.  It’s about communities, about culture, about people making big changes and thriving as they adapt. 

While there are dozens of masters degree programs around the country that focus on sustainability as a business decision, or a new technological response, there’s no place to go to learn practical tools to tap into the human side of sustainability.

 No place except Saybrook.  The Organizational Systems masters degree specializing in sustainability leadership that’s offered by the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies is a unique program that goes where other programs don’t:  it looks beyond new technology to address human systems, how people adapt effectively to change, and how organizations can creatively bring out the best in people.

 That program is now set to grow and expand, and has new co-directors who will focus on its development.

 Kathia Laszlo, a Saybrook human science alumna who co-founded the international think-tank Syntony Quest, is joined by new faculty member Erica Kohl-Arenas, who received her PhD in education from UC Berkeley and her MA in community development from UC Davis.  

 They say Saybrook’s MA in sustainability is poised to play an instrumental role in helping the world transition – in big ways and small – to new models of sustainable practice.

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Vince Pellegrino named Saybrook's interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

01/14/2010

As a doctoral student in Education Law and Policy studies, there was no need for Vince Pellegrino to push any boundaries with his dissertation.  He could have done something rote, conservative, and safe.
 
Instead, he found himself working on a qualitative, humanistic, study of symbolic language in the civil rights movement, viewed through a feminist perspective. 

“Plato describes the context for learning as other people, because learning involves understanding, deeply understanding, what other people mean,” Vince says.  “So I examined speeches from the civil rights era to capture the context of meanings about words used like color or gender, and the symbolic issues they raised during that time.”
  
Why did he do it?  Why did he go so far out of his way to write a dissertation that involved qualitative research and potential political ramifications? 
 
“It was having good faculty members push me along to do deep exploration of my topic, and at the end still love it, not hate it,” he says.  “That made all the difference.  I value that engaged learning, and the way it was made available to me.”
 
Today Vince Pellegrino is Saybrook’s Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, and he says the experience of his dissertation helps him understand the value of Saybrook’s values, and its model of education.

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