Combatting Terrorism Starts in School: Saybrook Professor's research finds that devout and secular Muslim teanagers both want to live in a pluralistic world01/28/2015
After the tragic “Charlie Hebdo” shootings in France, people across the world are wondering whether societies can peacefully live with devoutly religious minorities in their midst.
Dr. Benina Gould has been studying just that question for the last several years, recently conducting studies of Internet use among teenagers at conservative Muslim schools in Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world. Also surveyed were the attitudes towards religious diversity among high schoolers in America, Pakistan, and Germany.
Despite tragic cases of terrorism, the good news is the studies showed that the majority of Muslim students, even the most devout ones, want a pluralistic society. And, although there is no easy answer to combat terrorism, Dr. Gould strongly believes that increased education and awareness, and spreading these encouraging findings can make a difference. While horrific acts of violence can easily command our attention, the data clearly shows that they are not representative of an entirely population. That’s why her research, which examines the stereotype that 'madrassas' are the breeding grounds of fundamentalism, is of great significance.
Saybrook is proud to announce the application information for the upcomming 2015 Rollo May Scholarship award, a $5000 scholarship provided through the generosity of university donors.
The Rollo May scholarship is given to a Saybrook student whose graduate work explicitly applies and extends the existential-humanistic contributions of Rollo May. Such student work may include scholarship in the areas of personality theory, psychotherapy, art and literature, cultural criticism, existential encounters, or other topics which the student clearly connects to the Rollo May tradition.
All Saybrook students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is January 31, 2015.
Members of the Saybrook community:
There’s no question that the period of my Saybrook presidency was marked by a number of changes. It was a period of transition.
There was a time when that was unusual. In the 21st century, that’s business as usual. While many of the changes we made together were deliberate and, I believe, wise, there’s no question that organizations like ours are now constantly changing because we live in a constantly changing world.
For this, my last missive to you as Saybrook’s president, I would like to offer a few thoughts about what this means for our intellectual tradition and our mission as an educational institution.
If you take a class in “Project X” here’s what you won’t have to do: buy textbooks, drive to class, or sit through a lecture.
Here’s what you will have to do: conduct a conversation, over Facebook, with a leading scholar about a subject in his field that’s keeping him up at night, and then work with your fellow students to advance our understanding of the issue.
It’s a whole new approach to graduate education – and all you need to participate is an internet connection.
Saybrook’s incoming president Nathan Long has worn a number of academic hats in his career: as both President and Chief Academic Officer of The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences (where he emphasized a humanities based curriculum); as a professor of liberal arts; and an adjunct faculty member. While in graduate school he was a residence coordinator, and the president of the Graduate Student Governance Association at the University of Cincinnati.
His academic work has focused on the history and sociology of education, with a particular emphasis on peace and urban education. Prior to those studies, he was a music major and trained trombonist.
Dr. Long officially begins his tenure on Sept. 1. He sat down with The Saybrook Forum to discuss his passion for Saybrook, humanistic education, and his vision for our future. Follow him on Twitter @PresidentLong
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Saybrook University is proud to announce that it has moved across the San Francisco Bay, establishing its new headquarters in Oakland, Caifornia, a city of art, activism, and abiding concern for social justice.
While long headquartered in San Francisco, and identifying itself with the city’s counter-culture, the tech boom of the last few years has significantly changed both San Francisco’s economy and culture. Saybrook officials determined, during review of the University’s lease, that significant funding could be saved by moving into what they saw as a superior space in Oakland – while Oakland’s culture was in many ways more in tune with a university that believes that developing and investing in people is more vital than pursuing the next technology.
Members of the Saybrook faculty have had an incredibly busy semester, making scholarly contributions around the world. Here’s a partial list of their activities.
In a major publication, Saybrook psychology alumnus and faculty member Kirk Schneider co-edited The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Theory, research, and practice (Sage Publicasions). Even more impressive, over half the chapters are written by Saybrook faculty or alums. These include:
- Louis Hoffman et. all: Humanistic psychology and multiculturalism: History, current status, and advancements
- Louis Hoffman et. all: Toward a sustainable myth of self: An existential response to the postmodern condition.
- Amedeo Giorgi: The search for psyche: A human science perspective.
- Tom Greening: Becoming authentic: An existenital-‐humanistic approach to reading literature.
- Ed Mendelowitz: Imagology and the postmodern world.
- Scott Churchill: An introduction to phenomenological research in psychology: Historical, conceptual, and methodologcial foundations
… and more.
Schneider has additionally been named the President Elect of Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. Saybrook faculty member Nathaniel Granger was elected as the Division’s secretary.
Every business in the 21st century is becoming a global business: customers, supply chains, raw materials, and marketing are all part of an emerging world market of unprecedented complexity.
Companies need managers who can work with teams and cultures from across the world. These managers must be able to organize people and processes with equal fluency and bring out the best in diverse teams of people who may never meet face-to-face
Saybrook’s School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation is now offering an MA in Management, specializing in Global Workforce Collaboration (pending WASC approval). As both international businesses and non-profit organizations deal with rapid change in multiple countries and cultures at once, managers who understand how to integrate virtual teams with on-site offices across the world are highly prized.
The Ivory Tower lives in the same economy as the rest of the world, and according to articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, American graduate school enrollment is flat and stagnant.
That’s not the case at Saybrook University, a graduate-only institution which, according to just-released enrollment numbers, now has the highest number of students in its history – a 36% increase over the number of students it had in 2008, when the Great Recession began, and a 32% increase over Fall 2012 new student headcount.
Saybrook University sponsored professional conferences in Mind-Body Medicine and Psychology in July in support of Saybrook faculty and students who were participating in these events.