As a doctoral student in Education Law and Policy studies, there was no need for Vince Pellegrino to push any boundaries with his dissertation. He could have done something rote, conservative, and safe.
Instead, he found himself working on a qualitative, humanistic, study of symbolic language in the civil rights movement, viewed through a feminist perspective.
“Plato describes the context for learning as other people, because learning involves understanding, deeply understanding, what other people mean,” Vince says. “So I examined speeches from the civil rights era to capture the context of meanings about words used like color or gender, and the symbolic issues they raised during that time.”
Why did he do it? Why did he go so far out of his way to write a dissertation that involved qualitative research and potential political ramifications?
“It was having good faculty members push me along to do deep exploration of my topic, and at the end still love it, not hate it,” he says. “That made all the difference. I value that engaged learning, and the way it was made available to me.”
Today Vince Pellegrino is Saybrook’s Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, and he says the experience of his dissertation helps him understand the value of Saybrook’s values, and its model of education.
The Saybrook community will gather together to formally celebrate the inauguration of the new Saybrook University at this week's Residential Conference.
Come join the festivities at the Bayshore Ballroom of the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel from 7 - 10 p.m, on Friday, January 15.
Look for the balloons - along with your friends and colleagues.
The new Saybrook University website launched this week, and with it a single sign on process for:
• The password protected side of the website
• Student Gmail.
Extension of the single sign on process to MyLearning is anticipated to be completed shortly thereafter.
The primary Saybrook URL address, www.saybrook.edu has not changed. However, any URL addresses to specific pages on the old Saybrook Graduate School and LIOS websites will no longer work because the new website employs a new technology platform and the organization and presentation of website content has changed substantially.
Feel free to send feedback on the new site to Forum@saybrook.edu.
We’ve come a long way: Join us at a party to honor and celebrate the new Saybrook University on Friday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m., during the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies Residential Conference, in the main ballroom at the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel.
Dessert and Champagne will be served, and there will be music and dancing until 11.
Save the date: Saybrook Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies adjunct faculty member Linda Riebel will be speaking at the Say Francisco Public Library about her new book The Earth Friendly Food Chain.
A look at the dangers of the industrial food system and the exciting world of healthy, sustainable food, The Earth-Friendly Food Chain describes five key decisions readers can make to protect the earth and their own health.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
What: Linda Riebel, discussing The Earth Friendly Food Chain
When: Tuesday, December 15, at 6 pm.
Where: San Francisco Public Library (main), 100 Larkin Street at Grove Street (near Civic Center BART).
It’s a time of transition and expansion at Saybrook University, and the Saybrook University Forum is no exception: by this time next month, we’ll have undertaken a redesign including a new look and new sections.
That’s only the beginning: we intend to just keep getting better. Long term, expect new ways of organizing content, more frequent articles, and in-depth looks at subjects that members of the Saybrook community are passionate about.
But before we start, we’d like to get your input: What kind of content would you like to see represented here? What subjects would you like us to cover? Are there any new features you’d like to see?
How can we make the Forum better for you?
Let us know by emailing Forum@saybrook.edu.
How do we live fulfilling lives? What is most important for spiritual, mental, and physical well being?
Begin the new year with perspectives on these vital and intriguing questions with: James Hollis, PhD, noted Jungian analyst and author, and Donald Moss, PhD, existential health psychologist and Mind-Body Medicine scholar.
Jim Hollis, Director of Saybrook University’s Jungian Studies program, will speak on themes from his latest book, What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life. Its premise: “We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add to our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being.”
Don Moss, Chair of Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine program and editor of Handbook of Mind Body Medicine for Primary Care, will reflect upon what matters most with the perspective of his work in psychology and integrative health. His current book in process, Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health, explores the relationship between losing one’s path in life and the development of illness.
Join us after the presentation and learn about our graduate programs in Jungian Studies (with residential options in San Francisco and Houston) and Mind-Body Medicine.
Nutrition is an often overlooked component of mind-body medicine – it doesn’t have the glitz of hypnosis or the hipness of biofeedback. But it’s basic: what you decide to put in your body today has a major impact on your health tomorrow.
Just ask Beverly Rubik. A faculty member of Saybrook’s College of Mind-Body Medicine and the Director of the Institute for Frontier Science, Rubik is frequently called upon to perform evaluations of health products or regimens, and has recently completed a study on the impact of processed foods on health.
Two words: not good.
In a recent study of the impact of processed foods, Rubik compared fresh blood samples (taken under optimal fasting conditions) of subjects who eat processed foods (including organic) with subjects who do not (in this case, followers of the Weston A. Price diet) for at least two years. The subjects were all healthy adults from 25 to 81 years old, matched for age.
Using a microscopic technique known as dark-field live blood analysis, she observed that the blood cells of those on the Weston A Price diet aggregated and clotted much less than the blood cells of those on conventional modern diets, even hours after the blood samples were drawn.
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.
Gail Ervin, an environmental planner and mediator studying in Saybrook’s Human Science PhD program with a concentration in Social Transformation has been awarded a prestigious Rotary World Peace Fellowship – one of only two people from the United States to receive the honor this year.
There are 24 fellows in all.
The fellowship involves an 11-week intensive conflict resolution certificate program, with field work in Nepal and along the border of Cambodia, which is fully funded by Rotary Foundation.
At Saybrook, Gail is studying how the global community of conflict resolution practitioners can use networks to fundamentally alter community discourses towards a culture of conflict resolution.
Joel Federman, who directs Saybrook’s Social Transformation concentration, served as one of Gail’s references for the award.
"Gail is a natural innovator and leader, who has extraordinary academic aptitude, commitment to service, initiative, and grace," Federman said. "We're thrilled that she has received this prestigious fellowship, and proud that she will be representing Saybrook among the community of international peace scholars and practitioners participating in the Rotary program.”