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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. 

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REV. RICHARD LAWRENCE REFLECTIONS ON BATTLES WITH RACISM Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:00 am-12:30pm

Richard Lawrence' book, Light Bright Damn Near White

Victor Bloomberg, LCSW, WISR EdD Student, and Richard Lawrence, MDiv, WISR Board of Directors, Facilitators. 

In conversation with therapist Victor Bloomberg, author, activist and retired minister Richard Lawrence recently asked, “How is it that I’ve always known that I’m loved and lovable despite all of the abuse that I’ve suffered from racism?” Implicit in Richard’s question is a premise: the power required for emancipation is love. Our dialog is intimate. Intimacy is healing, empowering; and the vulnerability is mutual. Clinical education for psychotherapy attempts to teach methods of intimacy constrained by the Hippocratic Oath. We hope to show examples of non-clinical intimacy guided by the same ethics. Richard and Victor plan to use the seminar conversation and post-seminar feedback to guide their continuing efforts. Their project’s goal is to create short videos that can be used at WISR and in the community to support social justice activists.

This will be the premier showing of an 8 minute video that Richard and Victor produced. In it, Richard shares an incident of racism and imagines turning it into an educational resource to combat racism. The significance of racist injustice is discussed. It is the second video produced by Victor and Richard in the past few months. The first video they produced was shared on the WISR Community Discussion Forum at Google Plus. The theme that ties each video is: “Respect for dignity empowers and emancipates.” The first video provides some context for the seminar. The Youtube  link is: https://youtu.be/jfj6YK6cACA . Following the premier of the second video, the seminar conversation will begin!

Richard Lawrence and Victor Bloomberg co-founded a nonprofit,  “Info Power To The People, Inc.,” in 2004. Its mission is to support the development of  grassroots organizations. Both of them emerged from the historic wave of movements for human and civil rights during the 1960s. Richard’s work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago instilled in him a lifelong dedication to social justice activism. Richard’s memoir is the foundation for continuing conversations between him and Victor. It is: “Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Stories and Reflections of a Multi-Racial Black Man’s Battles Against Racism in America” 

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID 204-739-752, https://zoom.us/j/204739752 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email john.bilorusky@wisr.edu

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