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11/10/2009

Existential Humanistic Institute holds its third annual conference this month

The Existential Humanistic Institute will hold its third annual conference this month, Nov. 19 – 21, in San Francisco.

Co-sponsored by Saybrook, the conference will have the theme of “From Crisis to Creativity  Necessary Losses, Unexpected Gains,” and will examine the paradoxical nature of life and our times.

Many significant thinkers in the existential-humanistic tradition will be participating. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Stolorow, a world renowned intersubjective psychoanalyst, and author/co-author of numerous books including Working Intersubjectively, Contexts of Being, Faces in a Cloud, and his most recent Trauma and Existence.

Dr. Stolorow’s keynote will be followed by a panel discussion between himself and EHI board members about the similarities and differences between intersubjective psychoanalysis and existential-humanistic therapy. 

Also notable will be a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. by California State Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma, who will present a trailblazing talk on humanizing governance through improving communications skills among legislators.  This will be part of a larger discussion of what EHI vice-president and Saybrook psychology faculty member Kirk Schneider calls “experiential democracy” – an attempt to supplement the standard legislative procedure by helping legislators to personally and experientially encounter issues of moral importance. 

Early registration is now closed, and for those who have not yet registered, the full conference will cost $225 for students and $325 for professionals – though limited portions of the conference can be attended for as low as $50. 

It will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center, 1187 Franklin, San Francisco, CA 94109

For more information, contact Flora Cortez at ehi@pacificinstitute.org or 415-861-3455

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