Archives For: November 2011

Professor Emeritus John Adams continues his work


JJohn Adams in Indiaohn Adams, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Organizational Systems at Saybrook University is spending his retirement from active teaching doing service work in two places.
John is Administrative Director for the Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC) India program. Cervical Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in less resourced countries (27% of global deaths are in India), and it is a completely preventable disease.
John, and his wife Rhoda Nussbaum, M.D., have to date screened over 3000 women using easily taught procedures, trained over 15 Indian gynecologists to do this work locally, and certified two village oriented clinics to continue the work. They are currently focused on scaling up the project to form a "Center of Excellence for Cancer Prevention in Women" that will train local health care workers and establish universal cervical cancer screening in Mysore, India.

On the home front, John is part of a small network of educators teaching the Sierra Mother Lode population about building and preserving individual, family, and community resilience. Once a "critical mass" of families and individuals have decided about their own preparations, the focus will shift to generating a number of cooperative / collaborative community level projects for enhanced and secure local living in the Sierra foothills.

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Professor Eugene Taylor named fellow to two APA divisions


Eugene TaylorEugene Taylor, Professor in the College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies at Saybrook University, has been elected a Fellow in Division 24, the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and Division 32, the Society for Humanistic Psychology in the American Psychological Association.

Professor Taylor is already a Fellow in Division 1, The Society for General Psychology, and Division 26, The Society of the History of Psychology.

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Democracy, Public Reason and Peace Education

     Peace education, as Betty Reardon suggests, should be fundamentally concerned with the development of the political efficacy of future citizens. Political efficacy is dependent upon “sound political thinking,” “for inquiry into obstacles and possibilities for transformation should form the core of peace pedagogy, so as to provide learning in how to think and to act for political efficacy in peace politics . . .” (1) Learning how to think concerns conceptual clarity, thinking within conceptual frameworks, posing questions, rationality, and most importantly reflective inquiry. Peace education is thus closely aligned with democratic education grounded in the ideas of public reason and deliberation. 
A current, emergent example of democratic public reason and deliberation is the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Although in its infancy, it exhibits characteristics of democratic public reason; in particular, the process dimension of the content of public reason is exemplified in its commitment to and enactment of the process of consensus, its egalitarian openness, and its decentralized, non-hierarchical, “leaderless” orientation.  In a significant way it also exhibits the public values of economic and political equality and distributive fairness as central to a political conception of justice.  These elements are significant aspects of democratic public reason.  The Occupy Movement constitutes a nascent, spontaneous, and emergent instantiation of these aspects of public reason.  With the Occupy Movement’s spread around the globe, it is also cosmopolitan in character. In a tumultuous time in the history of our republic, and in the history of the world, the movement constitutes a promising upsurge in democratic participation, deliberation, and public reason.

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Publishing Opportunity for PHS Students - Social Movements, Conflicts and Change


Call for Papers: Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 35

Special Section: Visual Analysis of Social Movements

To be considered for inclusion in Volume 35, papers should arrive by February 1, 2012.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (RSMCC), a peer-reviewed volume published by Emerald Group Publishing/JAI Press, encourages submissions for Volume 35 of the series. This volume will have both thematic and open-submission sections and will be guest edited by Nicole Doerr (University of California, Irvine) Alice Mattoni (University of Pittsburgh) and Simon Teune (Social Science Research Center Berlin). For the open-submission/non-thematic section, submissions appropriate to any of the three broad foci reflected in the RSMCC series title will be considered. The thematic session is dedicated to the visual analysis of social movements. We encourage submissions that address the subject on one of three levels:

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