Admirers, alumni, and friends of Saybrook have established a scholarship fund in the memory of Saybrook founder James F.T. Bugental, PhD, and Elizabeth Keber Bugental, PhD.
The scholarship will support Saybrook students interested in studying the tradition of existential and experiential psychotherapy developed in the teaching and writing of Jim and Elizabeth.
“Many in the Saybrook community have been deeply moved and influenced by Elizabeth and Jim,” said Saybrook President Lorne Buchman, “and the creation of this annual award is an opportunity to demonstrate our gratitude for and recognition of their enduring contributions to humanistic thought and practice.
In the commencement address that Elizabeth gave to Saybrook graduates in 2006, she encouraged our students to “bear daily witness to the glory of the human spirit, the power of determination, the joy of connection, and the endurance of love.”
“In their lives, Elizabeth and Jim did just that,” Buchman says, “and we are proud that their names will continue to be connected to Saybrook through this new scholarship.”
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It was, according to the New York Times, a breakthrough in the study of dreams.
“(S)ocial scientists now have answers,” about what dreams “mean,” wrote Times science blogger John Tierny, “and really, it’s about time.”
He was referring to a meta-analysis published by the APA showing that “people engage
in motivated interpretation of their dreams and that these interpretations impact their everyday lives.”
In other words, there is a selection bias in the way we interpret dreams: we’re more likely to act on the basis of dreams that reinforce our existing prejudices, and less likely to believe in dreams that tell us things we don’t want to hear.
Voila! Tierny wrote. These “suspiciously convenient correlations” mean that your dreams mean “whatever your bias says.” Problem solved.
Saybrook’s experts in dream studies are not impressed.
“I find it interesting and not a little amusing that one should do studies to show that our cultures and belief systems influence how we interpret dreams,” says Claire Frederick, a faculty member in Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine and Consciousness and Spirituality programs. “From a strictly neuroscience point of view, this seems obvious.”
For Annemarie Welteke, the only problem with her job as a librarian is the marketing: she thinks the Navy stole her slogan.
“You know how they used to say ‘see the world, join the Navy?’” Saybrook’s librarian asks. “I always think of it as: see the world, become a librarian. I know it’s not so common an experience, but really the job of librarian is much the same throughout the world. Having worked in five different countries, I can practice as a librarian anywhere.”
Recently she had a chance to prove it, when – as the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist award – Annemarie served as a peer advisor to the national library of Bahrain, and to the library of the University of Bahrain.
For anyone else, this might have been the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Annemarie, it was one more stop in a lifetime of opportunities.
Annemarie’s career has taken her from Japan (three years) to Ethiopia (nine years) to India (one year) and to the U.S. Here at Saybrook, she found her intellectual home – but of course she wanted to travel again.
We’ve all been to a “special place” – even if we couldn’t explain what that meant. Some places are romantic, others profound, and some have history written all over them.
How does that happen? How do they get that way? Most importantly, could such places, and the way we relate to them, cultivate them, and care for them, have a powerful impact on what happens there?
Saybrook Organizational Systems alumna Renee Levi is heading up a new research project on the Power of Places to influence people and events.
The Powers of Place Collaborative (website currently under construction) is an 18-month initiative supported by the Fetzer Institute and the Berkana Institute that will “catalyze a new field of study and practice based on the premise that right relationship between people and the places in which they gather offers the potential for transformative action needed change in the world,” Levi says.
It didn’t get much buzz in America, but across the pond Britons are still talking (so we’re told) about a BBC commentary made last month by Dr Alan Maryon-Davis, the President of the UK Faculty of Public Health.
In it, Dr. Maryon-Davis says that public health has become a significant enough social issue that the government must intervene at far more significant levels to ensure participation and effectiveness. Sound like a “nanny state?” Yes, says Maryon-Davis, it does: and that’s not a bad thing.
“Is the government 'nannying' us too much” to help prevent killers like heart disease, strokes, and cancer? Maryon-Davis writes. “Is it trying too hard to micro-manage our health? I say firmly - no.”
Here at Saybrook, many faculty have been advocating a changing governmental role in health care for years: Mind-Body Medicine faculty member Marie DiCowden, for example, has overseen public hearings on the way the government – at all levels – can encourage best practice.
But at the same time, DiCowden says, the idea of “nannying” doesn’t seem to get it quite right.
Imagine a highway stretching along the coast from California to Mexico – with alternative, eco-friendly fuels available at every rest stop. Need compressed natural gas? Electricity? Biodiesel? Hydrogen? They’d offer it to every car that passes by.
That’s the dream of three state governors - Gov. Chris Gregoire in Washington, Gov. Ted Kulongoski in Oregon, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in California – who envision America’s first “Green Highway” across 1,300 miles of coastland.
If the idea can clear federal and state regulations … not to mention opposition from business groups who say alternative refueling stations at rest stops would take business away from nearby private entities … it would be a milestone in both American environmentalism and inter-state cooperation.
Nancy Southern, who directs Saybrook’s Organizational Systems program, says it also might be a good reason to finally buy an alternative fuel vehicle.
Saybrook has some great community programs coming up in the months ahead.
Thursday, April 2
The Saybrook Dialogues kick off 2009 with “Leadership, Wisdom, and Making a Difference.” Organizer Marc Lesser, the founder and president of coaching and facilitation company ZBA Associates and the former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, will focus the conversations on making meaning of our personal and professional lives during uncertain and challenging times.
For more information, or to RSVP, call Terry Hopper at 415-394-5220
Tuesday, April 14
An Alumni Community Web-Cast Gathering featuring Saybrook faculty Don-Moss, who will present on the new Mind-Body Medicine degrees and college at Saybrook, followed by a Q&A.
To sign up Contact: SaybrookAlumniAssociation@Saybrook.edu
Saturday, June 13
Alumnus Brian Kolodiejchuk, PhD ’01, Author and Editor of Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light and the Superior General of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Fathers, and Alumnus Joseph Bobrow, PhD ’80, Zen Roshi and Founder and Director of the Coming Home Project will give a joint talk at the Saybrook Residential Conference.