Alumni Messenger


The Societas Magica to Award The Richard Kieckhefer Prize for Articles Related to the Study of Magic, Witchcraft, and Related Fields


The Richard Kieckhefer Prize was established by the Societas Magica in 2009 to honor Professor Kieckhefer’s contributions to the field and his mentoring of younger scholars.

It is awarded annually for an unpublished article by a recent PhD (within 2 years of graduation), in any area of the scholarly study of magic, witchcraft, or related fields, judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality. In exceptional cases consideration will also be given to graduate student submissions. The prize is supported by Penn Press Journals and the Societas Magica.

The winner will be announced at the Societas Magica meeting in May 2011 as well as in its newsletter and on its website. The winning entry will also be published in the journal Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft and the author will receive a cash prize of $500. Articles from all academic disciplines are welcome. Submissions should be in English and approximately 6,000 words in length. Applicants must not have received their PhD earlier than September 2008. A committee appointed by the Societas Magica will judge the entries. It is not necessary that the prize be awarded each year. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2011. Please forward an electronic version of the article (.rtf or .doc preferred) to In addition, please send three printed copies with a letter indicating date of past or expected reception of PhD and the granting institution.

Frank Klaassen, President
Societas Magica
Department of History
University of Saskatchewan
718 - 9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK
Canada S7L 0M3

University of Chicago Divinity School Posts Four New Faculty Postions


The University of Chicago Divinity School has posted four job searches they are currently conducting: Social Scientific Study of Religion, History of Religions, Religious Ethics, and Islamic Studies. The link is on the website, but you can see all four by following this link also:

Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 Releases Children's Book on the Haiti Quake Experience


Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 Releases Children's Book on the Haiti Quake Trant Senk Segond/Thirty-five Seconds

Trant Senk Segond/Thirty-five seconds is a unique children’s book, written in Haitian Creole and English, about two Haitian boys’ experience with the January 12 earthquake that killed both of their parents leaving them in an orphanage. The book features full-color photographs, illustrated by Haitian artist, Alexandre Dumas, showing the impact of the earthquake and how it changed their lives forever.

See press release:

Alumnus Jean Millay, PhD '78 Edits New Book Release on Parapsychology


Alumnus Jean Millay, PhD '78 Edits New Book Release

Radiant Minds: Scientists Explore the Dimensions of Consciousness

This is an update of the Parapsychology Research Group anthology of 1993, SILVER THREADS: 25 Years of Parapsycholoogy Research

The new book has articles by 55 scientists and psychics from many disciplines.

It is available on

Jean Millay, PhD, 1978

Full-Time Faculty Postion Open in Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University in CA


Full-Time Faculty Postion Open in Developmental or Cognitive Psychology at Sonoma State University in CA

Starting Fall Semester 2011-2012

Gerryann Olson, PhD
Chair, Department of Psychology
Sonoma State University
1801 E.Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
fax: 707-664-3113

Direct questions regarding the application process to:

Reference 103218 with all correspondence and inquiries regarding this position

Saybrook Alumnus Royal Alsup, PhD '75 Presents Paper at International Conference on Shamanism, Healing, and Transformation


Saybrook Alumnus Royal E. Alsup, Ph.D. '75 is presenting a paper The Mask of Evil: The Dark Side of Shamanism at the 27th International Conference on Shamanism, Healing and Transformation
Wisdom of Our Ancestors-Bridge to The Future
Santa Sabina Retreat Center San Rafael, California
Saturday, September 4, - 9:00 AM to Monday, September 6, 4:00 PM
Labor Day Weekend - 2010

Saybrook faculty members will also be presenting:
Jurgen Kremer Chanting and Drumming Journey – Experiential
Stanley Krippner Curanderas and Curanderos at the University of New Mexico, Summer, 2009

Saybrook Student Denita Benyshek and son Hans will present A True Story: Emergency Shamanistic Healing of a Boy

Saybrook Alumna Margo Maine, PhD '85 Publishes New Book on the Treatment of Eating Disorders


Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap
Margo Maine

Available at

From Alumna Margo Maine, PhD '85:

Dear Friends - The book that has been my "extra" project of the last 2 years was just released. It is an edited volume and a great contribution to the field as my co-editors and the writers are dedicated and innovative experts and leaders in the field. As is the case for many fields, the gap between what eating disorder research examines and what clinicians and patients face each day is enormous. The book intends to bring the two together, so each can inform the other and we can do a better job, decreasing the pain and suffering these deadly disorders can cause.

This is geared to training mental health professionals and graduate students, so not something to buy for your coffee table- I just wanted to let you know it's done so I won't be complaining so much about it....

Please pass it along to anyone who might be interested.

And enjoy the end of summer-


Faculty Fellowships Available at the Stanford Humanities Center


Announcement of Faculty Fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellowships

The Stanford Humanities Center invites applications for 2011-12 academic-year residential fellowships.

The Humanities Center is a multidisciplinary research institute located at the heart of Stanford University. Since its founding in 1980, the Center has provided a collegial environment for faculty who are undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Center and the broader Stanford community, sharing ideas and work in progress with a diverse cohort of scholars and benefiting from a wide variety of campus resources.

Fellowship term: September 2011 – June 2012
Application deadline: October 1, 2010
Eligibility Applicants must have a PhD and should be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree by the start of the fellowship term. Eligible areas include, but are not limited to: history, literature, philosophy, classics, archaeology, languages, comparative religion, linguistics, ethics, history and criticism of the arts, and the humanistically oriented social sciences. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research. For important information about the fellowships and full eligibility requirements, see our website.

How to apply: Detailed instructions are available at: If you have any questions, please contact:

Stanford Humanities Center. Fellowship Program 424 Santa Teresa Street Stanford, CA 94305-4015

Saybrook Assistant Professorship Open in Peace and Conflict Studies


Faculty of Graduate Studies
Assistant Professor (Peace and Conflict Studies)

The Faculty of Graduate Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor position in the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program, with a starting date of July 1, 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Program is particularly interested in a candidate whose scholarship has clear relevance to practice and who has theory-guided practice experience in the PACS field. The candidate¹s research, practice, and teaching interests should include a focus on the theme of gender and conflict or indigenous peacemaking. The candidate will participate fully in the Arthur V. Mauro Centre¹s mission of analyzing and helping to resolve serious social conflicts.

The candidate will manage outreach activities, seminars, lectures, conferences and public events, and will work to establish contacts and build cooperation with community agencies.

The successful candidate should: 1) be well versed in the PACS field; 2) be proficient in the theory and practice of PACS; 3) be prepared to teach graduate courses in peace building and social justice, international human rights and human security, gender and conflict, restorative justice or indigenous peacemaking among others; 4) have the ability to attract, supervise, and mentor graduate students; 5) have a strong externally-funded research and practice program or the demonstrated ability to develop same; 6) take a leadership role in developing academic and outreach programs of the Mauro Centre to advance the interdisciplinary PACS field; 7) possess excellent communication and leadership skills, and 8) be committed to working in a team environment.

A demonstrated record of effective teaching in PACS as well as experience in teaching and advising graduate students at the Master's, and Ph.D. levels in PACS is desirable. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in PACS, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Peace Studies, or in a related discipline. The PACS M.A. program is one of a number of interdisciplinary programs administered directly by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Arthur Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice is housed in St. Paul¹s College. The PACS Ph.D. program currently has two core faculty and over forty-eight academic staff affiliates. The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitaes may be circulated to participating members of the search process. Applicants should forward a detailed curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier and a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests and sample publication(s) (or writing sample), and names and addresses (fax/email included) of three referees to Dr. J. Doering, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2. Applications should be received by 14 May 2010, but will continue to be accepted after this date until the position is filled Peace, Marc

Marc Pilisuk, Ph.D
Professor Emeritus, The University of California
Professor, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center

494 Cragmont Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94708
Ph. 510-526-1788
FAX 510-526-0876

Alumna Darlene Viggiano, PhD ' 10 Publishes a Workbook on Lost Pregnancies


Darlene Viggiano, (MFT) PhD '10 Releases New Publication

Carrying On: A Workbook for Women Who've Lost a Pregnancy Paperback

Available at

According to the American Pregnancy Association, 15-20% of pregnancies miscarry, and risks increase beyond age 35. This workbook offers evocative questions to help women recover emotionally, encompassing a wide array of grief issues. It is designed for women, therapists, and organizations whose goal is to heal the painful wound of miscarriage. Written by a therapist who herself recovered from gestational loss, Carrying On can facilitate healing in self-help, individual therapy, or group settings. It helps readers * see the similarity of the writer's story and their own experiences * identify emotions and shared dynamics * write their personal stories * review and witness their growth. Carrying On is a forward-looking, flexible, multi-dimensional resource that stimulates expression of thoughts, feelings, memories, and expectations. Journaling is a time-tested recovery tool. Its unique perspective helps break through stuck points that can blight acceptance and moving forward. Practical advice that guides readers step-by-step through recovery, acceptance, and carrying on makes the workbook eminently useful from a psychological and self-help standpoint.