(903) 892-2020

7th Annual Conference: Sept 8 – 10, 2016

 7th Annual WISR Conference

 

Thursday, September 8
~
Saturday, September 10, 2016

 

Facing Responsibility and Irresponsibility:

 

WISR and the World at a Crossroads

 

WISR’s recently completed annual conference was attended by 31 people from our learning community–including students, faculty, alumni and friends.  A number of friends and relatives also attended the Graduation Ceremony that was held at the end of the conference.

Here is some of the excellent content from the conference:

ABSTRACTS AND BIOS FOR MOST CONFERENCE SESSIONS AND PRESENTERS

***

Dalia Liang, WISR MS in Education student. Workforce Development for Careers in the Legal Field – Legal Secretary Vocational Training Program . . .

Ms. Liang’s abstract

Ms. Liang’s Power Point Presentation     pdf of power point

***

Che Kum Clement, PhD, WISR PhD graduate, Chair of Department of Vocational and Technical Education at the Islamic University of Technology in Bangladesh (and originally from Cameroon): Higher Education, Knowledge Building and Leadership: How Can Academics Take Responsibility for Social Change? . . .

Dr. Clement’s abstract

Dr. Clement’s paper

Dr. Clement’s Power Point Presentation    pdf of power point

***

Larry Berkelhammer, PhD, WISR Graduate: Beyond Behavioral Medicine. Larry is a multi-disciplinary professional who has carved out a niche as an educator in helping others to engage in “Mind Training for Health” [ http://www.inyourownhands.com/ ] . . .

Dr. Berkelhammer’s Power Point Presentation    pdf of power point

***

VIDEOS OF WISR GRADUATION CEREMONY!! . . . 

First 33 minutes of WISR Graduation (begins 1 minute 20 seconds into the video)  

Last 30 minutes of WISR Graduation

 

 

Schedule of Events & Activities

 Thursday, September 8th

4:30-5:30pm Socialize and Snacks

5:30-6:pm WISR’s President, John Bilorusky: Welcome and Memories of WISR Learners and Alumni.

In Memory: Members of the WISR Learning Community Who Have Passed On

6:00 – 6:30 pm Break for Supper

6:30-8pm Check in (three minutes or less each), Suggested topics as follows: 1) name, interests, studies/plans and 2) share one thing about yourself; 3) share a most pressing social issue or challenge; and/or 4) WISR’s role in addressing these topics.

Friday, September 9th

9-9:45am Registration, Check in and Socialize.

9:45 to 11:15am Dalia Liang, WISR MS in Education student. Workforce Development for Careers in the Legal Field – Legal Secretary Vocational Training Program.

11:15am Break

11:30am-1pm Che Kum Clement, WISR PhD graduate, Chair of Department of Vocational and Technical Education at the Islamic University of Technology in Bangladesh (and originally from Cameroon): Higher Education, Knowledge Building and Leadership: How Can Academics Take Responsibility for Social Change?

1pm-2:15pm Lunch Participants are encouraged to get lunch at nearby eateries or Berkeley Bowl to eat there or bring food back to WISR.

2:15-3:45pm Collaborative Learning at WISR: We will discuss what’s been done in the past, and how to have more participation in seminars as well as more collaboration between students in their studies and on their projects, and in other ways.  Marilyn Jackson, PhDWISR Faculty, will present an overview of events in our Film and Social Change Series and other interdisciplinary seminars from the past year along with Vera Labat, MPH, WISR Faculty and Brian Harris, WISR volunteer and Community Learner.

3:45pm Break

4:15 – 6:00pm  Discussion about three New Collaborations with WISR: The Center for Environmental and Global Literacy (CEGL) with Sudia Paloma, PhD, new WISR Faculty member with students of CEGL; Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HDHS) with new WISR faculty, Linda Hartling, PhD and Evelin Linder, PhD; and Center for Social and Spiritual Activism with WISR faculty member, Michael McAvoy and his colleague, Peter Gabel.  Navaraj Pudasani from Nepal, a new WISR doctoral student who will be working with HDHS will be present to introduce himself and his work.Sudia Paloma, some of the new learners in her cohort group, Michael McAvoy and John Bilorusky will be present to discuss the cohort group’s plans and the plans for the Center.; Linda Hartling and Evelin Linder will not be able to be online.

6-6:45pm: Supper: Share Food or Take out and Bring Back from Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods or other nearby eateries.

6:45 – 8pm Check In…. (three minutes, or less each), Suggested topics as follows: 1) Name, interests, studies/plans and 2) Share one thing about yourself; 3) Share a most pressing social issue or challenge; or 4) WISR’s role in addressing these topics; and/or 5) Share something cultural.


Saturday, September 10th

9-9:45am Registration, Check in and Socialize.

9:45-11:15am Larry Berkelhammer, PhD, WISR Graduate: Beyond Behavioral Medicine. Larry is a multi-disciplinary professional who has carved out a niche as an educator in helping others to engage in “Mind Training for Health” [ http://www.inyourownhands.com/ ]

11:15am Break

11:30am-1pm WISR’s President, John Bilorusky, PhD: Discussion of Draft Campus Effectiveness Plan–Building on WISR’s Past, Analyzing the Present and Moving Forward into the Future

1-2:15 Lunchpm: Participants are encouraged to get lunch at nearby eateries or Berkeley Bowl to eat there or bring food back to WISR.

2:15-3:45pm Panel of Recent Graduates Discussing Their Theses and Dissertations, Facilitated by Ronald Mah, PhD, WISR Faculty and Alumnus. Each presenter will have 5 – 10 minutes to discuss their final thesis or dissertation.

3:45 -4:30pm Break

4:30-5pm Assemble/Preparation for Graduation

5-6:30pm Graduation Celebration
(Please RSVP if you plan to attend the graduation in advance.  $5 donation requested for each participant.)

6:30pm Refreshments, Picture Taking, Goodbyes for Now

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

See the pdf flyer here – Revised and Latest Version!!

Get Registration form here