Archives For: October 2011

Alumna Rivka Bertisch Meir, Ph.D. '05 Chairs the The 23rd Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research


Dear friends and colleagues:

I am the Chair of the The 23rd Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research held on SUNDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2011 at Touro - Lander College for Women, 225 West 60 St., New York City.

I will also be presenting with the distinguished Professor and Dean from Samaria University and Emeritus Professor from Tel Aviv University Dr. Noach Milgram from Israel Psychology of Antisemitism.

I think you will find it very interesting. It is free of charge. Please come and you are welcome to bring your guest and to pass around if you wish. Thank you.

With much appreciation,

Rivka Bertisch-Meir, Ph.D. '05

The 23rd Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research
Touro Lander College for Women
225 West 60 St.
New York City

Conference schedule:
Welcome and Refreshments 12:30 – 1 pm
Scientific Panels/Symposia 1 – 4:30 pm
Awards Ceremony 4:30 – 5 pm
Gala reception 5 –7 pm

Direct inquiries to the Conference Chair, Professor Rivka Bertisch Meir, at, or Director Harold Takooshian at 212-693-6393.

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Alumnus Joseph Bobrow, Ph.D. '80, Presents Workshop on Spiritual Practice and Emotional Growth at Esalen, Benefiting Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans


Joseph Bobrow, Ph.D. '80 will be giving a workshop at the Esalen Institute in the Big Sur:

December 2-4, 2011
Partners in Integration: The Interplay of Spiritual Practice and Emotional Growth.

The proceeds will help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families and caregivers attend Coming Home's nationally recognized integrative retreats, which have already served over 2,500 people from 45 states around the U.S.

"Spiritual practice and emotional growth co-mingle from the beginning; becoming skillful in their integration within the relational field helps us live with vigor, meaning, love, and peace. I hope you can join Joe in beautiful Big Sur, enjoy the great food, the healing hot springs, and support this worthy cause. - Jim Hatzopoulos from the Coming Home Project, on behalf of Joseph Bobrow

For more information or to register, visit:
If you have any questions, please contact
Jim Hatzopoulos

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Alumnus Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. '03 Presents Lecture: On the Prehistoric Origiins of Sexuality


Alumnus Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. '03 Presents Lecture: On the Prehistoric Origins of Sexuality

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011
7-9 pm
Namaste Hall, CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. But it doesn't, and never has. Mainstream science—as well as religious and cultural institutions—has long maintained that men and women evolved in nuclear families where a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing. Fewer and fewer couples are getting married and divorce rates keep climbing while adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages. Christopher Ryan will discuss material from his recent best-seller, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality, showing how our promiscuous past haunts our current struggles regarding monogamy, sexual orientation, and family dynamics.

Christopher Ryan, PhD, Saybrook '03, received a BA in English and American literature in 1984 and an MA and PhD in psychology from Saybrook University 20 years later. He spent the intervening decades traveling around the world, living in unexpected places working at very odd jobs (gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York's Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research). Somewhere along the way, he decided to pursue doctoral studies in psychology. Drawing upon his multi-cultural experience, Christopher's research focused on trying to distinguish the human from the cultural. His doctoral dissertation analyzes the prehistoric roots of human sexuality, and was guided by the world-renowned psychologist, Stanley Krippner.

Based in Barcelona since the mid-1990s, Christopher has lectured at the University of Barcelona Medical School and consulted at various local hospitals. He speaks about human sexuality to audiences around the world (in both English and Spanish). His work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines in many languages, scholarly journals, and a text book used in medical schools and teaching hospitals throughout Spain and Latin America.

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Saybrook Alumnus, Richard Tarnas, PhD '76 Offers Lecture and Workshop: Understanding Our Moment in History: An Archetypal Perspective


Understanding Our Moment in History: An Archetypal Perspective with Richard Tarnas

Saturday, November 12
CIIS Main Building
$15/$10 members

Sunday, November 13
CIIS Main Building
$65/$55 members (includes Saturday evening lecture)

We live in a dramatic period in the history of the world with high stakes for the planetary future. To help us navigate this threshold of transformation, we need every available source of relevant insight. More than any other form of analysis, archetypal astrology can illuminate synchronistic waves of events and trends occurring throughout the world at a given time, while also revealing larger historical patterns that unfold cyclically through the centuries. Knowing the planetary transits can be invaluable for a more intelligent participation in life, like knowing the weather reports before setting out to sail on a windy day. Join Richard Tarnas as he surveys the major planetary alignments and archetypal forces at work in our time. Join Richard Tarnas for this Saturday evening lecture, followed by a Sunday morning workshop, as he surveys the major planetary alignments and archetypal forces at work in our time.

Saybrook Alumnus, Richard Tarnas, PhD '76, teaches at CIIS where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a best-selling history of Western thought widely used in universities, and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in England.

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Alumnus Kirk Schneider, PhD '84 Announces Publication of Article Searching for Meaning: Existential-Humanistic Psychologists Hope to Promote the Idea that Therapy Can Change Not Only Minds but Lives in the Novermber APA Monitor


Alumnus Kirk Schneider, PhD '84 Publishes Article in the Nov. 1 APA Monitor, now out in hardcopy.
Searching for Meaning: Existential-Humanistic Psychologists Hope to Promote the Idea That Therapy Can Change Not Only Minds But Lives

See a PDF copy at the link below:

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