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June Newsletter and June-July Seminars

June – July 2021

Click here to access detailed information about WISR Seminars for June and July

Click here to access WISR’s June Newsletter

CELEBRATE WISR’s 46th ANNIVERSARY

Special Question & Answer on
2 New, WISR Books on

TRANSFORMATIVE
ACTION RESEARCH

Saturday, May 1, 2021

10am-12pm

John Bilorusky, PhD, WISR’s President, Core Faculty and a co-founder of WISR on May 1, 1975, will speak about two new books just released (April 21st) by Routledge Press, based on a half century of collaborative action-research at WISR.

This will be a question-and-answer session and discussion about two books just released on April 21st by Routledge Press. The two books grew out of WISR’s almost half century history of being engaged in collaborative uses of action-research to bring about transformation, changes large and small. The books cover the basic principles and methods of this approach, as well as providing detailed cases and stories of the many and varied ways that people in the WISR learning community have creatively used these methods.  To read reviews of the two books, and to learn more, go to:

1)     Principles and Methods of Transformative Action Research: https://www.routledge.com/Principles-and-Methods-of-Transformative-Action-Research-A-Half-Century/Bilorusky/p/book/9780367742430

2)     Cases and Stories of Transformative Action Research:

https://www.routledge.com/Cases-and-Stories-of-Transformative-Action-Research-Five-Decades-of-Collaborative/Bilorusky/p/book/9780367742461

Also, more information about Dr. Bilorusky and the two books can be found at:  https://www.routledge.com/authors/i21042-john-bilorusky#books

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81793797576;
Phone# 669-900-6833 with ID# 817 9379 7576.
To RSVP or for help with technical difficulties call 510-655-2830 or email johnb@wisr.edu and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.
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Prospective Students and Community Learners are invited to attend these seminars. 

WISR’s statement of expectations for inclusive and respectful discourse and a disclosure about video recording of seminars and events for later access can be found at:  https://www.wisr.edu/academics/sample-page/seminars-and-campus-events/  Those participating in WISR seminars and events acknowledge that they have read and understand this statement.

Western Institute for Social Research
2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 655-2830
mail@wisr.edu, www.wisr.edu

Special Earth Day Seminar

Saturday, April 24th,  2021

HOW CAN WE NURTURE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS? 

10am-12pm

Sudia Paloma McCaleb, EdD, WISR Faculty 

In recognition of Earth Day on April 22nd, this workshop will highlight and demonstrate approaches for learning to love the planet through reading and talking about youth and long time activists. We will open up our ears to hear a message from Mother Earth, share stories about how humans are changing the planet, explore themes of water, food and agriculture, climate, consumption and many activities to build environmental consciousness…As always Dr. Paloma McCaleb will weave into the discussion a strong integration of the arts and song.

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81437422263
Phone# 669-900-6833 with ID# 814 3742 2263.
To RSVP or for help with technical difficulties call 510-655-2830
or email
 johnb@wisr.edu and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.

Prospective Students and Community Learners are invited to attend these seminars.

WISR’s statement of expectations for inclusive and respectful discourse and a disclosure about video recording of seminars and events for later access can be found at:  https://www.wisr.edu/academics/sample-page/seminars-and-campus-events/  Those participating in WISR seminars and events acknowledge that they have read and understand this statement.

Western Institute for Social Research
2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94705 (510) 655-2830
mail@wisr.eduwww.wisr.edu

WISR Action Research Books Available April 21st

Two WISR Books, authored by WISR President, John Bilorusky, with contributions from WISR faculty, alumni and students will be released by Routledge Press on April 21.

Routledge Press is offering a 20% discount on each book through June 30th. To order either or both books, and to read advanced reviews of each book by experts in the field, and to learn more about the contents of each book,  go to:

Principles and Methods: https://bit.ly/39p0BWJ

Cases and Stories: https://bit.ly/3d8QPZy

 

Join us for a special Zoom event on Saturday, May 1, 10 am to Noon Pacific Time, [zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81793797576 ]–

To celebrate WISR’s 46th Anniversary and to participate in a question and answer session with John Bilorusky about the two action-research books to be released by Routledge Press on April 21 (see links for ordering above). 

The books grew out of 45 years of efforts by John Bilorusky, and other faculty, students, and alumni at WISR, to develop and put into practice methods of transformative action-research.

These methods are partly distinctive to the learning and efforts at WISR, and very much also based on several intellectual traditions, including: the naturalistic research methods of symbolic interactionists, the scientific methods practiced by the most creative physical scientists (see for example, T.S. Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions), and the Dreyfus Theory of Expert Knowledge. The second volume includes vignettes describing and reflecting on ways to do action research for community, organizational, societal, and personal transformation–by over 20 WISR students and alumni. Also included are chapters by WISR alums David YamadaDennis HastingsMargery Coffey, and Marilyn Jackson (also a faculty/staff member), as well as by WISR faculty member, Sudia Paloma McCaleb, and WISR Master’s student, Kence Anderson. Former WISR faculty members, the late Dr. Terry Lunsford, and Dr. Cynthia Lawrence made extensive contributions to previous articles that have been rewritten and included as important parts of the book, as did former students, Vera Labat and Shyaam Shabaka. 

FOR LATEST UPDATES ABOUT THE RELEASE OF THE NEW BOOKS, GO TO:

www.wisr.edu/newbooks

April Newsletter and April-May Seminars

WISR’s April Newsletter, and April & May Seminar schedules are now available.

Click on each to learn more:

April Newsletter

April and May Seminar Schedule

 

COLLABORATION FOR LEARNERS

USING ONLINE TOOLS

Saturday,

 March 27th, 2021

10am to 12:00pm

Mark Wilson, WISR’s Learning Experience Designer\Technologian, will present a short overview of digital tools for academic collaboration and then explore how the Google Workspace for Education apps are designed for collaborating. He’ll also demonstrate the free browser based tool, Hypothes.is, for global collaborations.

Please keep a log of your everyday computer and online challenges to share and discuss.

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88557749500

phone# 669-900-6833; ID 885 5774 9500

For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email mark.wilson@wisr.edu or john.bilorusky@wisr.edu.

WISR Newsletter March 2021

Access WISR’s March 2021 newsletter and seminar announcements here.

 

 

 

WISR Discontinues BS Program to Continue to Emphasize Graduate Programs

In order to focus on our graduate programs, which have always been our main emphasis, we have discontinued our BS program in Community Leadership and Justice, as of February 2021 (all BS students enrolled in the past five years have completed their degrees!)

CANNABIS AND THE CANNABINOID HEALTH SCIENCES

CANNABIS AND THE CANNABINOID HEALTH SCIENCES

Saturday, February 27th
10am-12pm

Uwe Blesching, PhD, WISR alumnus. With the increasing acceptance and legalization of medicinal a

nd recreational use of cannabis health care providers from all the healing arts are challenged to learn more about this new and emerging field in medicine, the cannabinoid health sciences. Does cannabis work? Can it work for me or those in my care? And, what is the evidence? 

In this seminar we will answer these broad questions with some basic answers. More specifically: You will learn about the endocannabinoid system (ECS), its rudimentary mechanisms of action and its functions; how endocan

nabinoids, phyto-cannabinoids, and other compounds interact with this system; discuss the safety profile of cannabis, its potential side-effects and addiction potential, higher-risk populations; and understand the potential role of cannabis as an ‘exit drug’.

Uwe Blesching is a medical writer, author, and speaker in the areas of cannabinoid health sciences and mind-body medicine. He is the author of multiple books including the Cannabis Health Index, Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction, and Your Cannabis CBD:THC Ratio. He served patients and the community for twenty

 years as a Paramedic for the City of San Francisco and holds a BA in Humanities from the New 

College of California and an MA in Psychology and a PhD in Higher Education and Social Change from the Western Institute for Soc

ial Research. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at CannaKeys.com.

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87334052593; ID 873 3405 2593; phone# 669-900-6833. For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email john.bilorusky@wisr.edu

New Book by WISR Alumni

Now Available!

A beautifully illustrated, well-researched book, Dancing for Peace, by the Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project–a history of tribal government and treaty violations by the U.S. to today’s new tribal Constitution. 

The Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project (OTHRP), the designated cultural authority of the Omaha tribe, is conducting a fund-raiser to support their many efforts to educate tribal members and the larger society, to advance the tribe’s interests, and to preserve its cultural heritage.

Anyone wishing to donate at least $10 (half the proceeds to OTHRP, and by OTHRP’s wishes, half to WISR as decades-long collaborating and supporting organization) will receive access to an eBook (4 pdf files), Dancing for Peace (2021).

Access to all four pdf’s may be obtained by donating to WISR and OTHRP, at least $10.00 to the PayPal merchant: mail@wisr.edu –please check the option that the money is for “friends and family” since this the purchase of the pdf’s is a donation to two tax-exempt organizations (WISR and OTHRP who are sharing the donations equally, at the request of OTHRP).

Once you’ve made the donation, please request access to Dancing for Peace from either Margery Cofffey (margerycoffey@yahoo.com ) or John Bilorusky (johnb@wisr.edu) and you will receive a link to access and download the 4 pdf files.

Dancing for Peace takes a look at Traditional Tribal government documented by Dr. Francis La Flesche, Esq., in The Omaha Tribe (1911). It traces both the Treaty era from the Papal Bull in 1493 to the ending of that period in 1872 along with a discussion of the time in which the Treaties occurred and a critical look at their contents.

In 1934 the Congressional passage of the Indian Organization Act (IRA) imposed upon Indian Country, including the Omaha, a cookie-cutter “tribal” constitution that proved inadequate and alien to ancestral governance. Today, most Indigenous Nations have adopted new Constitutions, but not yet the Omaha. OTHRP has compiled a new Omaha Constitution based upon the 2007 Constitution of Ecuador, which reflects the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights. Both this constitution and the UN Declaration are included along with a Traditional Tale comic on Coyote and greed.

This book is copyrighted by OTHRP, and since the pdf’s are eBooks that you have received as a “thank you” for your donation. Therefore, the links accessing the pdf’s and the pdf’s themselves are not to be shared with anyone outside your family or immediate circle of closest friends. That is, you should only share them with others the same way you would loan a paperback book to one of your immediate friends or family members. Since the access to the pdf’s can be obtained for a very modest $10 donation ($10 donation for access to all pdf’s) and since this is an important fund-raiser and source of publicity for OTHRP and WISR, we encourage you to suggest to others, such as coworkers and community/professional colleagues, that they make a $10 donation to obtain access.

Thank you for your support of OTHRP and WISR, Dennis Hastings, Founder/Director of OTHRP, Margery Coffey, Assistant Director of OTHRP, richard chilton, Project Facilitator, OTHRP, and John Bilorusky, President and Faculty Member, WISR.

Dennis Hastings and Margery Coffey earned their MA and PhD degrees at WISR. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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