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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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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.

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

HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMILIATION QUARTERLY DIALOGUE

MFT & Interdisciplinary Seminar 

Saturday, January 16th

10am-12pm

Rosa Reinikainen, MFT, WISR Adjunct Faculty, Facilitator. 

We are so fortunate at WISR to be linked in with the global network of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.  Evelyn Lindner and Linda Hartling have dedicated their lives to the important study of these dynamics.  Understanding the dynamics of humiliation is critical to healing from these cycles and restoring our innate dignity.

We live in a highly interconnected world. Humiliation cycles happen in a social, political, environmental, relational and interpersonal level, as well as an internal level.  It is important to look at our participation in these systems. There is escalating social instability, political unrest, violent conflict, economic injustice, and climate change and now a pandemic, which is already increasing and exacerbating existing inequality. There are massive issues with Police murdering 

back and brown people. We are having increasing climate disruption leading to floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and hurricanes. In looking at these dynamics we can create the impetus to design innovative, sustainable, and mutually dignifying solutions to these problems. We will discuss how we can create systems that ensure equal dignity for all. 

This seminar is a discussion about Human Dignity and Humiliation.  It is a ‘come-as-you-are’ discussion, meaning you do not need to have a deep understanding of these ideas.   We have all had experiences that are relevant to the discussion. These dialogues can help create change. Come discuss human dignity and humiliation with me.  

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85437182678

Phone# 669-900-6833 with ID# 854 3718 2678. Please RSVP rosa.reinikainen@wisr.edu or  call 510-655-2830 and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.

RACIST POLICING PANEL

A PANEL DISCUSSION

Saturday, June 27, 2020
10am-12pm

Organized by Rosa Reinikainen, MFT, WISR Adjunct Faculty

Panelists:

Sevgi Fernandez, WISR Alum, Founder & President of Together We Stand

Richard Lawrence, MDiv, author of Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Stories and Reflections of a Multi-Racial Black Man’s Battles Against Racism in America

Monica Scott-Davis, LMFT, WISR Alum, Behavioral Health Clinician at Roots Clinic, Oakland & Private Practice in Berkeley, CA

Racist policing has a long history in the United States. From slave patrols to Jim Crow Laws and in present time with what Michelle Alexander calls “the New Jim Crow” there has been a long lineage of violence, harassment, harm and killing of Black and Brown people. Recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Rayshard Brooks by police and the lynchings like those of Ahmed Aubery, Robert Fuller, and black and trans women Raia Milton, Dominique Rem’mie Fells and many others have spurred a call to action. These killings add to the long list of African American people who have been killed by police officers and other lynching type of killings. We can not sit back and stay blinded to these injustices. There are currently protests and demonstrations of different forms happening around the country as well as around the world. The time for change has come.

This seminar is a panel discussion on the subject of Racist Policing and how we can create change. Therapists and Educators have a particular responsibility to address and dismantle racism. Racist Policing along with systemic forms of racism is particularly traumatic for black people. As therapists and educators we have a duty to help change and dismantle the traumatic, humiliating systems that deny black and brown people of their dignity and humanity. Panelists will discuss their work, world and lived experience related to this subject.

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82810919867; ID 828 1091 9867; phone# 669-900-6833. To RSVP or for help with technical difficulties call 510-655-2830 or email rosa.reinikainen@wisr.edu and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.

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Coronavirus Pandemic, Part II

 

Pandemic Stress Reduction Project

Report from the Disastershock Global Volunteer Team

 

Saturday, May 16th

10:30am to 12:30pm PT

Part Two, WISR seminar series on the Coronavirus Pandemic:

Immediate Tasks and the Bigger Picture

Dr. Brian Gerrard, WISR’s Chief Academic Officer and several of his colleagues . . .

The Disastershock Global Volunteer Team consists of 70 members from 22 countries. This international team, formed in April, 2020, has as its mission translating the Amazon book Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster into 20 different languages and providing them free to parents, educators and mental health professionals around the world. The team leaders: Brian Gerrard and Sue Linville Shaffer, together with the Chinese team leader – Ning Tang; the Spanish team leader – Damian Gallegos-Lemos; and the New York City team leader – Jacqueline Shinefield, will give a progress report on how their specific sub-teams are helping families to cope with the stress caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Attendees will learn about the real-world challenges for making psychosocial interventions during a disaster.

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID: 196-243-617  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/196243617 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call John Bilorusky at 510 601 8164 or email johnb@wisr.edu.

Perspectives on The Green New Deal & Environmental Justice, Where Do We Go From Here?

Saturday, April 25th, 10am-12:30pm

Join us to hear our three panelists, followed by discussion.

The Green New Deal: A Capitalist Solution to a Capital Problem? Cara Judea Alhadeff, PhD (www.carajudea.com/www.zazudreams.com),
is a member of WISR’s Academic Advisory Board and former Professor of Gender and Critical Pedagogy at UC Santa Cruz . She is a fine-art photographer/ video-artist, Iyengar yoga teacher, and author of dozens of books and articles on philosophy, art, gender, ethnic, and cultural studies. Dr. Alhadeff will discuss how activists can live their ethics in order to collectively organize for climate justice. Dr. Alhadeff states that At this juncture of geopolitical,ecological, social, and corporeal catastrophes, we must question and critically reframe supposed solutions such as ‘sustainability,’ ‘the Green New Deal,’ and the Renewable Revolution (‘renewable’ energy alternatives to fossil-fuel addicted economies). These relational paradigm shifts must include historical, cross-cultural, and intergenerational perspectives.

The Green New Deal and the Transformative Power of Change: Sudia Paloma McCaleb, EdD is a WISR Faculty member and Director of WISR’s EdD Program, formerly of New College of CA. She is also Director of the Center for Critical Environmental and Global Literacy (www.ccegl.org) which builds collaborative relationships between Bay Area educators (and beyond) and indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico and Sonsonate, El Salvador.  Dr. Paloma McCaleb has led a dozen interactive (with music and discussion) workshops on “The Green New Deal” (GND), a conceptual framework for future legislation in Congress that will address the climate crisis while ensuring that social justice is held paramount during the course of the transition. 

Environmental Justice: Kyle Bilorusky, BA candidate in “Society and Environment” at UC Berkeley. Kyle has recently assisted Sudia Paloma, in introducing the Green New Deal at the ethnically diverse Oakland Tech High School. Previously, Kyle did internships in the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and California Public Interest Research Group, and was mentored by Margaret Gordon, head of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project. Kyle Bilorusky will present insights from his honors thesis on increasing attention to Environmental Justice in secondary school high school curricula. 

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID 690-486-240, https://zoom.us/j/690486240 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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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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