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The view from Occupy Oakland

11/04/2011

(The following description of Occupy Oakland, just prior to the police action of Oct. 25, is provided by Psychology PhD student Makenna Berry, a regular contributor to Saybrook's psychology blog The New Existentialists)

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More like our story. It has become the story of 100’s swelling to include 1000’s who have come together in downtown Oakland. I speaking about the families, elders, youth, workers, teachers, nurses…everyone that I could imagine that lives in Oakland and from our surrounding cities who have come to speak, witness and participate in what has been called the most significant social movement seen in years.

No. This is not just a band of disenchanted students camping out in a public park. It’s so much more and I believe that we must either participate or at minimum take note.

The challenge is describing what Occupy is, because frankly, Occupy on a national scale is the people who are there. One can’t really know the people unless you are there with us.

But I can try.

It has been a week since Occupy Oakland hit the international news. The morning the first tent city was dismantled the Occupy Oakland movement was seen by many as not being much. It was viewed cautiously as a movement with no leader, no agenda and by some on the outside, with no point.

I had been watching and listening to the community beat. I felt that there was much more here than folks were realizing. The next day at 4pm I joined 100’s of others at the steps of the Oakland Public Library. The People’s Mic was on.

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Professor Emeritus John Adams continues his work

11/04/2011

JJohn Adams in Indiaohn Adams, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Organizational Systems at Saybrook University is spending his retirement from active teaching doing service work in two places.
 
John is Administrative Director for the Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC) India program. Cervical Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in less resourced countries (27% of global deaths are in India), and it is a completely preventable disease.
 
John, and his wife Rhoda Nussbaum, M.D., have to date screened over 3000 women using easily taught procedures, trained over 15 Indian gynecologists to do this work locally, and certified two village oriented clinics to continue the work. They are currently focused on scaling up the project to form a "Center of Excellence for Cancer Prevention in Women" that will train local health care workers and establish universal cervical cancer screening in Mysore, India.

On the home front, John is part of a small network of educators teaching the Sierra Mother Lode population about building and preserving individual, family, and community resilience. Once a "critical mass" of families and individuals have decided about their own preparations, the focus will shift to generating a number of cooperative / collaborative community level projects for enhanced and secure local living in the Sierra foothills.

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Professor Eugene Taylor named fellow to two APA divisions

11/03/2011

Eugene TaylorEugene Taylor, Professor in the College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies at Saybrook University, has been elected a Fellow in Division 24, the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and Division 32, the Society for Humanistic Psychology in the American Psychological Association.

Professor Taylor is already a Fellow in Division 1, The Society for General Psychology, and Division 26, The Society of the History of Psychology.

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Alumni Messenger

Do you know the way to San Jose? The 56th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences July 15 to 20, 2012 San Jose, CA

11/03/2011
Do you know the way to San Jose? Put July 15 to 20, 2012 on your calendar to join us at the 56th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA July 15 to 20 2012 The theme for ISSS 2012 is Service Systems, Natural Systems. This meeting will be organized to foster learning conversations in dialectics between service scientists (...

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SURVEY OF ALUMNI INTEREST IN THE JUNGIAN STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

11/03/2011
ALUMNI, are you interested in enrolling in the Jungian Studies Certificate Program, or the M.A. or Ph.D. Degree in Psychology, with a Specialization in Jungian Studies? If yes, please send an email with your name and interests, to: SaybrookAlumniAssociation@Saybrook.edu

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Alumni Messenger

Announcements from HERS (Higher Education Resource Services)

11/02/2011
Dear Colleague: Applications are now open for women leaders whom your campus would like to nominate for the 2012-2013 HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institutes for Women in Higher Education Administration. HERS offers TWO Summer Institutes - the first at Bryn Mawr College and the second at the University of Denver. Both offer a TWO WEEK residency with a 12-day program of...

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Democracy, Public Reason and Peace Education

11/02/2011
By DALE T. SNAUWAERT
     Peace education, as Betty Reardon suggests, should be fundamentally concerned with the development of the political efficacy of future citizens. Political efficacy is dependent upon “sound political thinking,” “for inquiry into obstacles and possibilities for transformation should form the core of peace pedagogy, so as to provide learning in how to think and to act for political efficacy in peace politics . . .” (1) Learning how to think concerns conceptual clarity, thinking within conceptual frameworks, posing questions, rationality, and most importantly reflective inquiry. Peace education is thus closely aligned with democratic education grounded in the ideas of public reason and deliberation. 
 
A current, emergent example of democratic public reason and deliberation is the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Although in its infancy, it exhibits characteristics of democratic public reason; in particular, the process dimension of the content of public reason is exemplified in its commitment to and enactment of the process of consensus, its egalitarian openness, and its decentralized, non-hierarchical, “leaderless” orientation.  In a significant way it also exhibits the public values of economic and political equality and distributive fairness as central to a political conception of justice.  These elements are significant aspects of democratic public reason.  The Occupy Movement constitutes a nascent, spontaneous, and emergent instantiation of these aspects of public reason.  With the Occupy Movement’s spread around the globe, it is also cosmopolitan in character. In a tumultuous time in the history of our republic, and in the history of the world, the movement constitutes a promising upsurge in democratic participation, deliberation, and public reason.
 

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Alumni Messenger

Two Faculty Positions Open at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Child Development

11/02/2011
Two faculty positions are open at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the Child Development divison. Open Rank Professor of Educational Psychology in Child/Lifespan Development (2 positions) Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Department of Educational Psychology seeks applications from individuals with research...

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Publishing Opportunity for PHS Students - Social Movements, Conflicts and Change

11/02/2011

Call for Papers: Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 35

Special Section: Visual Analysis of Social Movements

To be considered for inclusion in Volume 35, papers should arrive by February 1, 2012.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (RSMCC), a peer-reviewed volume published by Emerald Group Publishing/JAI Press, encourages submissions for Volume 35 of the series. This volume will have both thematic and open-submission sections and will be guest edited by Nicole Doerr (University of California, Irvine) Alice Mattoni (University of Pittsburgh) and Simon Teune (Social Science Research Center Berlin). For the open-submission/non-thematic section, submissions appropriate to any of the three broad foci reflected in the RSMCC series title will be considered. The thematic session is dedicated to the visual analysis of social movements. We encourage submissions that address the subject on one of three levels:

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Alumni Messenger

Two Faculty Positions Open at Chapman University

11/02/2011
Dear Friends, We have 2 faculty positions open at Chapman University. They are both assistant level, tenure track. So if you know of a good post-doc close to completion please pass the info on. If anyone would like more info they can feel free to contact me directly; I'm on the search committee. Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology: http://web.chapman.edu/Jobs/job.aspx?id=452 Quantitative...

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