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Support a New Documentary about the Life and Work of Stanley Krippner

08/02/2013

Saybrook University is proud to announce that it is sponsoring a film on the life and work of its most noted professor, Dr. Stanley Krippner.

As a professor and lecturer, Stanley has inspired and mentored new generations of explorers in wide ranging fields.  He is perhaps unparalleled in his work in the study of consciousness, one of science’s last frontiers.

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Saybrook Celebrates Nearly 100 New Graduates in Ceremonies Throughout the Summer

08/02/2013

It’s graduation season at Saybrook University! This year Saybrook is graduating nearly 100 students in commencement ceremonies in Seattle and San Francisco celebrating new scholars in the fields of psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, and human science.

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Student Satisfaction Survey Results Are In

06/18/2013

You like us, you really like us!

For the third year in a row, Saybrook University’s Student Satisfaction Survey has shown students are more content with their overall Saybrook experience. 

More than 70 percent of enrolled students participated in the 2013 survey, which was developed and coordinated by the Saybrook Office of Institutional Research, and included 57 questions measuring student satisfaction rates with 21 key academic quality indicators and 17 key indicators for university-level services.

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Saybrook University Welcomes New Board of Trustees Officers

06/17/2013
Renee Levi

Saybrook welcomes its 2013-14 board of trustee officers: Renee Levi, PhD, previously the board co-chair, as chair; Brendan D. Leonard, MBA as vice chair; Bradley G. Fisher, MBA, as secretary; and Sam Talucci, MA, DMAN, as treasurer.

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Saybrook University to Sponsor Parker Palmer Event Series in Seattle

06/17/2013
Parker Palmer

Are you frustrated with politics and the lack of civil discourse in community? Do you wonder if you can make a difference? For three days in July, 2013, at events across Seattle, internationally known educator, author and activist Parker J. Palmer will spark a community conversation based on his latest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. The latest of Palmer’s nine books, Healing shows his commonsense approach to politics that serves the common good.

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Help Us Support New Students

06/14/2013

We live in a time when any human emotion is seen as “treatable” by drugs;  a time when organizations are desperately searching for ways to better organize and sustain communities; a time when the potential of new technologies for social transformation seems boundless, but is so far untested.

We live in a time when the world needs humanistic psychologists, organizational change agents, and new medicine.  Now more than ever.

After 40 years, Saybrook University remains the intellectual home of humanistic scholarship.  But are we doing enough?

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Charles Cannady, Professor of Psychology, has passed away

06/10/2013
Charles Cannady

Saybrook University is sad to report the passing of faculty member Charles Cannady, PhD.

He died peacefully Friday morning, surrounded by family and friends, of complications from a long fight with cancer.

A gifted scholar who worked across several schools at Saybrook, Charles was a founding faculty member of our MFT program, a recognized international expert on Sandtray Therapy, and a dedicated healer.  He worked with youth in crisis, families in need, and men’s groups – particularly for those with anger management issues.  He made a difference in many lives.

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Mark Schulman: Defending Science Against the 'Futurists' and 'Marketing Gurus' of TED

04/10/2013
Saybrook President Mark Schulman

The TED organization isn't the first to censor scientists for having unconventional ideas.  It's just the latest.

It's worth remembering that for hundreds of years, "scientific evidence" was used to justify the convenient assertion that people of color were racially inferior. Today we call that "misusing science" and "pseudoscience" -- but at the time it was mainstream scientific thought.  Nothing about it was true, but the scientific mainstream laughed at radicals who said so.

For years mainstream scientific studies denied the connection between smoking and poor health.  It was "insurgent" scientists who finally made the case.  During the "reefer madness" era, it was considered a matter of settled science that marijuana was a "gateway drug" that would lead to a life of violent crime, and that comic books coarsened the young and destroyed empathy.  For a scientist to say otherwise was to invite censure -- even though they were empirically correct.

Which is to say that there is such a thing as "bad science" and "pseudo-science," but that even scientists have a pretty poor record deciding what it is sometimes.  When social forces try it, when social organizations or politicians or businesses try to tell scientists what is and isn't science ... well, do I even have to mention Galileo?

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Chip Conley, Saybrook’s Scholar-Practitioner in Residence, launches new website looking at world festivals in the 21st century

02/11/2013

Did you know that in one of the coldest spots on earth, the people of Habin, China, create an ice and snow festival?

Or that every 12 years there the most prominent gurus and spiritual pilgrims of India gather on the banks of the Ganges river?

The world is full of hyper-local festivals thriving in a hyper-connected world.  Chip Conley, Saybrook University’s Scholar-Practitioner in Residence, thinks they have a lot to tell us about what we value, how we play, and what it means to be human in the 21st century.

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Eugene Taylor, Professor of Psychology, has passed away

01/30/2013
Eugene Taylor

Saybrook University, with deep sadness, is announcing today the death of Dr. Eugene Taylor, a noted scholar and 20-year member of our executive faculty.

"We are sorry to see Eugene go," said Mark Schulman, President of Saybrook University, "He was a scholar and a teacher respected by all with whom he came in contact. He is, truly, irreplacable."

Taylor died on January 30 at 10:30 a.m. EST with his family in attendance.  He was 66.

Taylor was a prominent historian of psychology.  The author of books including Shadow Culture:  Psychology and Spirituality in America;  The Mystery of Personality:  A History of Psychodynamic Theories;  and William James on Consciousness Beyond the Margins, he was a research historian at Harvard Medical School, the curator of Gordon Allport’s papers,  and an internationally renowned scholar on the work of William James.  He was also the founder of the Cambridge Institute of Psychology and Religion, a board member of the Philemon Foundation, a fellow in two APA divisions, and a founding member of The New Existentialists.

He held degrees from Southern Methodist University, Harvard Divinity School (where he was the 1983 William James Lecturer), and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Psychology from Boston University.

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