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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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Alumni Dinner Events in Southern California-Feb 3rd and 6th

01/29/2010
Saybrook's Chair of the Board of Trustees, Alison Bonds Shapiro; Director of Alumni Affairs, George Aiken; Executive Faculty Member, Tom Greening; Alumni Council Member, Charlene Block, and Alumni Council Member, Mark Malay will be hosting dinners in San Diego on February 3rd and in LA on February 6th. For more information or to arrange an Alumni Dinner in your area, send an email to...

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Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 Outlines Her Haiti Mission

01/29/2010
Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 who lost 11 relatives in the recent Haiti earthquake outlines her Haiti mission below. To donate money to support Marie in her work in Haiti, send checks to Saybrook University, attention the Alumni Association Haiti Fund or go to http://www.saybrook.edu/phs/support Be sure to designate your donation in support of the Alumni Haiti Fund. Marie will be leaving for...

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Alumna Sunny Massad, PhD '00 Releases New Book, UnTherapy

01/29/2010
From a press release: UnTherapy Can Release Self-defeating Patterns UnTherapy speaks to the hearts and souls of self-improvement junkies who find themselves teetering on the brink of burnout as a result of working on themselves for years on end. Self-improvement can be self-abusive because the constant drive to fix, cure, and acquire, prevents peace of mind in the present, says Dr....

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A Call for contributions: Edited book ‘Mental Health and Anomalous Experience’

01/29/2010
A Call for contributions: Edited book Mental Health and Anomalous Experience Original contributions (exposition papers, critical literature reviews, methodological evaluations or papers presenting novel methodologies, but not new empirical work) are invited for an edited book on 'Mental Health and Anomalous Experience' (negotiations with publishers in progress). The book is intended to be of...

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Division 51's Journal of Trauma and Dissociation Invites Submissions

01/29/2010
Trauma, Dissociation, and Intimate Relationships A Special Issue of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation The guest editors are inviting submissions on the associations among trauma, dissociation, and intimate relationships. In addition to its impact on individual psychological well-being, trauma creates barriers to healthy interpersonal functioning. This is not limited to romantic...

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Alumna Susan Gordon, PhD '07 Shares Coming Lecture Schedule

01/29/2010
Alumna Susan Gordon recently wrote a paper for the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy based on her candidacy essay on Alan Watts. She says they loved it! Susan's Coming Lectures: Existential psychology and the meaning of human development. Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Pacific Grove, CA (6/18-6/21/10) http://www.sacpweb.org Neurophenomenology: The mind and the brain....

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Alumna Renee Levi, PhD 03 is Associated with the Powers of Place Initiative

01/29/2010
Alumna Renee Levi, PhD 03 has been associated with the Powers of Place Initiative over the last year. You are invited to visit the new Powers of Place website: www.powersofplace.com The web site, which explores how place, space and environment contributes to individual and collective transformation, was created by a small but growing international network of people supported by the Fetzer...

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