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Are poets crazy?

07/20/2011

432px-William_wordsworth A lot of people seem to think so:  the link between "genius" and "madness" is a well established cultural cliche.

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

PHS Alumni Homecoming: August 26 - 27, in San Francisco

07/19/2011

Saybrook University's Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies will hold its annual Alumni Homecomming the weekend of August 26-27, at the PHS Residential Conference, at the Airport Westin hotel.   

PLEASE RSVP to SaybrookAlumniAssociation@Saybrook.edu or call 415-394-5968

Schedule:

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University

Information is not like bread

07/19/2011

Breads and grains It seems like we live in an age when politicians and “digerati” believe that universities can be replaced by Twitter – no harm done. 

That, suggest Stewart Brand, is because we think that new information is always better.  So what Aristotle thought 2000 years ago is always less relevant than what Ashton Kutcher tweeted five minutes ago. 

But there are other ways of thinking about information.  Here (with a hat tip to Atlantic Blogger Alexis Madrigal) is a passage from one of Brand’s books: 

Most of this book is Used Information. It is reprinted from various issues of The CoEvolution Quarterly, a California-based peculiar magazine. You can look at that news two ways. If you operate by the Bread Model of Information, it's terrible news. You've been gypped - stale information. On the other hand if you view information as something fundamentally different from bread, there's the possibility of good news. Having lived longer, the information here may be wiser, more co-evolved with the world. It may be more refined, having cycled complexly through the minds and responses of 40,000 CQ readers. And it's been through two editorial distillations; the less-than-wonderful and out-of-date may have been extracted.

The notion that there’s value in information that isn’t cutting edge is out of fashion in our world, but it may be crucial to understand in the digital age. 

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University

Moral Courage, nonviolence, and peace in rural Columbia

07/16/2011

Marc Pilisuk, who teaches in Saybrook's Social Transformation program, will speak on "Moral Courage, Nonviolence, and Peace  Communities in Rural Columbia" on Wednesday, July 20. 

Dr. Pilisuk is one of the leading scholars of peace in the world today.  He is the editor of the recently published three volume anthology  Peace Movements World Wide, the most extensive study of the global peace movement ever developed.  He is also the 2010 winner of the Society of Psychologists for the Study of Social Issues’ Distinguished Service Award, and its 2011 award for teaching.   

  • What:  Marc Pilisuk on "Moral Courage,  Nonviolence and Peace Communities in Rural Colombia."
  • Where:  UC Berkeley, 210 Wheeler
  • When:  3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Moral courage, nonviolence, and peace in rural Columbia

07/16/2011

Marc Pilisuk, who teaches in Saybrook's Social Transformation program, will speak on "Moral Courage, Nonviolence, and Peace  Communities in Rural Columbia" on Wednesday, July 20. 

Dr. Pilisuk is one of the leading scholars of peace in the world today.  He is the editor of the recently published three volume anthology  Peace Movements World Wide, the most extensive study of the global peace movement ever developed.  He is also the 2010 winner of the Society of Psychologists for the Study of Social Issues’ Distinguished Service Award, and its 2011 award for teaching.   

  • What:  Marc Pilisuk on "Moral Courage,  Nonviolence and Peace Communities in Rural Colombia."
  • Where:  UC Berkeley, 210 Wheeler
  • When:  3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20

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Events

Moral Courage, nonviolence, and peace in rural Columbia

07/16/2011

Marc Pilisuk, who teaches in Saybrook's Social Transformation program, will speak on "Moral Courage, Nonviolence, and Peace  Communities in Rural Columbia" on Wednesday, July 20. 

Dr. Pilisuk is one of the leading scholars of peace in the world today.  He is the editor of the recently published three volume anthology  Peace Movements World Wide, the most extensive study of the global peace movement ever developed.  He is also the 2010 winner of the Society of Psychologists for the Study of Social Issues’ Distinguished Service Award, and its 2011 award for teaching.   

  • What:  Marc Pilisuk on "Moral Courage,  Nonviolence and Peace Communities in Rural Colombia."
  • Where:  UC Berkeley, 210 Wheeler
  • When:  3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20

 

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LIOS

The Overwhelming Life of a LIOS Graduate Student

07/15/2011

by Marcus Berley
LIOS student

Marcus-and-Tammy Life as a graduate student is often overwhelming.  Take a busy schedule, limited finances, and a daunting reading list, and add in whatever major life transition you are experiencing at the moment, such as a divorce, a death in the family, or a newborn baby.  Now, go write a sound, well-referenced, and creative academic paper.

What makes LIOS different from other graduate school programs is that, in addition to balancing a busy life, it challenges students to explore who we are and where we come from.  What question have you always wanted—but been too afraid—to ask your mother?  What are the rules of your family, and what role do you play?  What cultural biases have crept into the crevices of your way of thinking?  Well, your homework is to go ask those questions.  To your parents.  To your aunts and uncles.  To your grandparents.  Take all of that newly acquired systemic knowledge and apply it to yourself and your most intimate relationships. 

Not terrifying enough for you?  Well, you’re only reading about it, possibly imagining it, but not actually experiencing it.  LIOS is all about experiencing.  The theories you read make so much sense on paper, but watch what happens to your insides as you study group theory in a group that is studying itself.  Your mind jerks.  You scramble to figure out what is going on.  Your heart cracks open.  A teacher asks you if you have a tendency to avoid conflict, then challenges you to try another method with a conflict that you currently have with another student.  Throughout all of this you’re being evaluated on a wide range of skills you’re supposed to be developing.  Oh yeah, and it’s ok to cry.

Somehow, you’re doing it.  You read and you write papers, and you tell your mother that, even though things have gotten complicated, you love her.  You move apartments and split up with your partner or find a new one, you find an internship or a project, and you don’t have much time to look around.  It’s graduate school.  It’s overwhelming. 

And going through it is wonderful preparation for life as a sound, creative professional.

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Mind-Body Medicine

Mind-Body Medicine program applications still open

07/13/2011

Begin a Degree in Mind Body Medicine this Fall!

If you are interested in pursuing a degree or certificate program in Mind Body Medicine, there is still time to be admitted for the Fall 2011 term. 

Applying is easy!

1)  Fill out our online application form.

2)  Write your personal statement

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Alumni Messenger

Alumnus David Sortino, PhD '98 Releases New Publication The Promised Cookie: No Longer Angry Children

07/13/2011
Click Here to see information about The Promised Cookie: No Longer Angry Children Also available at Amazon.com

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Events

Begin a Degree in Mind Body Medicine this Fall!

07/12/2011

Begin a Degree in Mind Body Medicine this Fall!

If you are interested in pursuing a degree or certificate program in Mind Body Medicine, there is still time to be admitted for the Fall 2011 term. 

Applying is easy!

1)  Fill out our online application form.

2)  Write your personal statement

3)  Send us your documentation (academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.).

That's it!

The online New Student Orientation will take place August 20 and August 21 (entirely online and each day will start around 9:00am Pacific time and end around 5PM Pacific time). The first day of the Fall Semester 2011 Term A is August 22.  For the Fall Semester 2011, the Residential Conference will take place from September 30, 2011 until October 5, 2011 in Arlington, VA at the Crystal City Hyatt Regency. 

 **The residential components of Saybrook’s MBM program are mandatory in their entirety including one Residential Orientation upon admittance and additional Residential Conferences per year.** 

Ready to begin?  Have questions?  Email Faiza in Admissions at fbukhari@saybrook.edu or call her at 800-825-4480 ext. 1255

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