Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Saybrook psychology professors use poetry to engage cross-cultural understanding

01/12/2015

The struggle to understand diverse populations –and for them to connect with each other – is more important than ever in a globally interconnected world.

Everything from business seminars to academic papers to documentary films has tried to bridge the gap.  Now Saybrook psychology faculty Louis Hoffman and Nathaniel Granger are suggesting:  poetry.

Their new volume “Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity” is an edited collection of poems with some content to help frame the poems at the beginning and a number of exercises to use the poems in teaching, healing, or growth settings.

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Thinking - and feeling - our way to social justice

01/08/2015

Do the ways we choose to protest the exploitative systems in the world actually contribute to them?  Does an effective protest movement require an expansion of consciousness? 

These are among the challenging questions posed by Dr. Marc Pilisuk, a faculty member in Saybrook’s Transformative Social Change program, in his afterwards to a recently updated Praeger Handbook on Social Justice and Psychology.  (2014)

Drawing on his own experience as a Vietnam war protestor (Pilisuk helped organize America’s first “teach in”), Pilisuk – editor of the 3-volume “Peace Movements World-wide,” and author of “Who Benefits From Global Violence and War: Uncovering a Destructive System” – suggests that in our efforts to understand and alleviate systemic oppression, we must expand both our capacities to think and to feel. 

An excerpt is below.

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Creativity in the Classroom: a big push on arts and creativity in California Schools

12/22/2014

by Diana Rivera

Creativity studies students balance their academic interests with a strong mission toward social and organizational change.  They are conscious of the lack of quality experiences related to creativity in many social spheres, specifically in education.  Many Saybrook students work in or are familiar with the lack of arts education for primary, elementary, and high school level students throughout the country, and can carry eloquent conversations to assert the reasons why it is important.  There have been some notable nation-wide and state-level attempts to turn around the situation as a result of data suggesting higher grades and increased self-esteem for students who are part of arts integration programs.

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Adventures in Creativity: A Venture, A Block and A Breakthrough

12/16/2014

by Linda Riebel

Last year, I boldly went where I had never gone before. In the beloved tragic French opera /Carmen,/ there is a gorgeous instrumental melody in the overture to Act III, an air that appears nowhere else in the opera. I wondered, Why has it never been given words and made into a song of its own? As my tenth wedding anniversary approached, I did exactly that as a surprise gift to my opera-loving husband.

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Meet Creativity Studies PhD Student Melinda Rothouse

12/16/2014

Tell us a little about your background.

I’m a singer, songwriter, and bass player and I work as a writing and creativity coach and consultant, working with individuals and organizations to deepen their facility with the creative process, through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and retreats. I have a B.A. in Biopsychology, as well as Master’s degrees in Religious Studies and Performance Studies, and have worked as a professor and writing center tutor in a number of colleges and universities. I also practice and teach Buddhist meditation and contemplative arts programs.

What made you decide to apply to the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University?

I had been flirting with the idea of doing my Ph.D. for a long time, but knew that I wanted to find a non-traditional, low-residency, and very progressive program. When I discovered the Creativity Studies specialization at Saybrook, I knew I was on to something, and once I spoke with Steve and Ruth, I decided to go ahead and apply (it was the only program I applied to in the end). Once I arrived at my first R.C. I knew I was in the right place.

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Meet Creativity Studies student Anthony Julius Williams

11/30/2014

Tell us a little about your background.

I am an African-American multimedia theater artist who creates work about social justice and sustainable communities. I’m currently collaborating with OutLook Theater in San Francisco on an immersive theater piece that explores the theme of belonging. I am also teaching storytelling skills to young Black men in a community program that teaches leadership and science skills to underserved youth.

What made you decide to apply to the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University?

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Call for Submissions: The New School Psychology Bulletin

03/31/2014

The New School Psychology Bulletin: Call for Submissions

If you are a graduate student in psychology, we invite you to submit your research to the New School Psychology Bulletin. We are currently accepting manuscripts for publication in the second volume of our 11th issue. It is important to note that we also accept manuscripts to the New School Psychology Bulletin throughout the year. However, the submission deadline for this volume is APRIL 4TH, 2014.

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Upcoming Art Festivals, 2014

03/31/2014

1.) The Fourth Asian Conference on the Arts and Humanities: April 3-6 2014: Click here for more information

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Interview with Saybrook Creativity Studies Specialization Student Gloria Chance

03/31/2014

Tell us a little about your background.

I have had a 25 year career as a Business Technology leader in healthcare and financial services for a number of fortune 100 companies.  As a transformational Business Executive I led strategic projects integrating core new business functions that leveraged creativity expertise to drive unparalleled enterprise success.  Using next-generation technologies and operational excellence, I led teams that created one of the first electronic medical records in the 90s and one of the first mobile applications in financial services in the early 2000s along with many other innovations.  I am currently a Ph.D. student in Psychology with a focus on Organizational Creativity.

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Transformative Social Change Degree Program: Determining Prospective Student Interest

03/04/2014

Saybrook University is considering development of a new M.A. and Ph.D. degree program in Transformative Social Change. As part of our review process, we would like to invite you to participate in a brief survey to determine prospective student interest in such a program. The survey should take less than two minutes to complete. The survey also provides a form you can use if you would like to inquire further about the program under consideration. To complete the survey, click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BW3Z6BT

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