Members of the Saybrook community are active in the Peace and Justice Studies Association, an organization dedicated to bringing together academics, teachers and activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change.
The annual PJSA conference was held last week in Memphis, a city with a rich social justice history. This year's conference was a joint initiative with the Gandhi-King Conference, hosted at Christian Brothers University.
The conference, titled "A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice" (October 21-23, 2011) aimed at "promoting dynamic exchange among individuals and organizations working for a more just and peaceful world."
Panels, workshops, and speakers from a wide range of disciplines, professions, and perspectives addressed issues related to the broad themes of solidarity, community, advocacy, education, and activism as they are brought to bear in the pursuit of peace and justice.
The PJSA represents a valuable resource for Saybrook students and faculty. In addition to the annual conference, an active and lively email listserv offers a space for announcements, job postings, discussion, and resource exchange on a daily basis. PJSA also hosts a blog on issues of peace and justice that can be publicly viewed.
Saybrook Alumna Lyn Freeman has been one of the leading researchers on guided imagery as a healing technique. In 2005 she received the first National Institutes of Health grant to study it as a method of support for cancer survivors.
Treatment for cancer can often leave survivors exhausted, depleted, and drained -- but modern medicine had little to offer them. Freeman's research was designed to give them something to lead them back from "surviving" to "health."
Based on the Phase I and II results of her studies, the National Cancer Institute has directed Dr. Freeman’s company, Mind Matters Research, to make its therapeutic intervention available to cancer patients and survivors.
While the company is launching the program in Alaska, there is every possibility that it will grow nationally. The Phase II grants Dr. Freeman received require Mind Matters Research to develop and clinically test their approach via tele-medicine and the web.
Dr. Freeman’s ENVISION Behavioral Medicine Intervention is one of a kind anywhere, relying on brain plasticity strategies that are imagery-based.
Strategies include imagery-driven biofeedback to assess and modify heart rate variability and temperature; art, storytelling, and sound to effect physiology and mood state; mind mapping memory practices; and many other therapies that are implemented and evaluated on a daily basis with cancer patients and survivors. Methods utilized are personalized depending on participant symptoms and response. The Intervention optimizes health promoting changes in physiology, biochemistry and mood state.
Willson Williams, a member of Saybrook's psychology faculty, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. To fulfill its mission, the museum cares for and displays a permanent collection, presents special exhibitions, conducts education programs, maintains a Library and Research Center, publishes a quarterly magazine and books on women artists, and supports a network of state and international committees. NMWA also serves as a center for the performing and literary arts and other creative disciplines.
The New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is involved in statewide and national art exhibitions, achievement awards, educational programs, sponsorship and lectures, and special events.
Saybrook is pleased to announce that psychology alumna Colonel Kaffia Jones was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on Sept. 10.
The ceremony was held it Atlanta, Georgia, and attended by Brigadier General Jones’ immediate family, officers of the General corps, and enlisted servicemen and women. Saybrook Faculty member Eugene Taylor was also in attendance.
The ceremony was conducted by Major General Stuart M. Dyer, Commanding General of the 335th Signal Command (Theater), based in East Point, Georgia, where Colonel Jones served as Chief of Staff for two years.
Immediately following the ceremony, Brigadier General Jones left for a posting in the Middle East. The 3200 Soldiers and civilians in her command build, operate, maintain, and defend the military computer network in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf.
As a Saybrook student, then Colonel Jones produced what Taylor called “an outstanding dissertation” entitled “Expatriate Warrior: the experiences of World War II American veterans of African descent,” under faculty members Theopia Jackson, Zonya Johnson, and Charles Canaday.
Jones earned her PhD in Psychology, graduating in 2010.