Archives For: March 2012

Prof. Marc Pilisuk to participate in OccuPsy dialogue


On March 28th, Saybrook's Dr. Pilisuk will participate in the invitation-only event OccuPsy: Mobilizing Critical Psychoanalysis for the Movement. This gathering brings together people who think psychologically, psychoanalytically, and critically to brainstorm and dialogue about what might be helpful in strengthening the movement, especially with regard to helping it grow and become more effective.

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Saybrook student Geoffrey Thompson publishes chapter in "Mental Illnesses - Evaluation, Treatments and Implications"


The Vitality of Fragmentation: Desublimation and the Symbolic Order
By Geoffrey Thompson

This chapter will focus on theoretical, clinical and personal challenges surrounding my work as an art therapist in an adult outpatient service of a psychiatric hospital. The evolution of my thinking pervades my clinical work with the client discussed in the vignette, as I sought to integrate desublimation from art theory and philosophy with psychoanalytic theory. (Thompson, 2007).

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Stanley Krippner to receive the APA's award for distinguished lifetime contributions to humanistic psychology


Saybrook University is thrilled to announced that PHS faculty member Stanley Krippner has been selected to receive the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology.

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By BETTY REARDON, Founder Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education

For those who have been striving for the realization of the human rights of women, the first week of March - the 8th day of which is International Women’s Day - is a time of in-gathering of the international women’s movements with the convening of the annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year, the 56th CSW session brings women (and a few but increasing number of men) from all over the world, some of them representing the member states that sit on the Commission, charged with advancing UN policy statements adopted over the past half century to “reaffirm…the equal rights of men and women….” in such documents as the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action, and Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security.

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From Dictatorship to Democracy 2.0


Well before the Arab Spring and the current direct democracy movement, Clay Shirky not only argued that social media represented the “greatest increase in human expressive capability in history,” but that it would radically empower individuals at the expense of their own governments. In response, a more skeptical Evgeny Morozov cautioned that there was a flip side to this ‘good news’ story – i.e., both the internet and social media can just as readily enhance the legitimacy of authoritarian regimes (and stifle political change) than not. Well, given the dual nature that social media has, and given our incorrigible optimism here at the International Relations and Security Network, today we would like to burnish further the pro-empowerment case. In particular, we would like to look at Gene Sharp’s legendary handbook of non-violent resistance,From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation, but from a social media perspective.

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US Institute of Peace engages teachers and students with new resources


As part of its mission to educate key audiences about peacebuilding and conflict management, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in February activated a virtual Global Peacebuilding Center, providing younger audiences and educators with substantial peacebuilding resources and activities.

The website––––is the digital arm of USIP’s onsite Global Peacebuilding Center, a public education space which extends USIP’s educational work to new audiences through multimedia exhibits and educational programs.

The new website features educational materials, a Virtual Passport experience, and many ways for young people to learn about the work of USIP and the importance of peacebuilding.

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