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May-June, 2022 Seminars and Events

Find out about upcoming Seminars and Announcements

 

WISR Events Calendar

WISR AND THE HISTORY OF

ALTERNATIVE HIGHER EDUCATION

 

Saturday, May 21st

10am – 12pm


Mark Wilson, WISR’s Learning Experience Designer\Technologian,

will make a short presentation on the history of alternative higher education, contrasting WISR with other schools that also evolved from the “Universities Without Walls” movement. 

WISR Students, Faculty, Alumni and Friends are invited to participate and share their educational experiences. (The recording may then be used in WISR promotions, with participants’ permissions.) 

Register in advance by Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scuyqrTwuH9RyhYq2bMOLHwe3ejspvP0G

~Call (510)655-2830 or email mark.wilson@wisr.edu or johnb@wisr.edu with questions or for help with 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.

 

WISR 47th Anniversary Celebration, May, 2022

CRITICAL RACE THEORY Seminar, April 9th, 2022

A BLOCKADE OF ENLIGHTENED PROGRESS

ON RACIAL JUSTICE

Saturday, April 9th, 10am-12pm

WISR Flyers and Promotional Materials

 

 

GOOGLE WORKSPACE FOR STUDENTS & FACULTY

Saturday, January 29th, 10am to 12:00pm

Mark Wilson, WISR’s Learning Experience Designer\Technologian 

Google Workspace for Education: Mark Wilson will demonstrate Google’s new look.

Participants can try new Workspace features and bring their questions about using online technology for learning at WISR.

Register in advance by Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElfuqhqzstHtXIK_6yxiSZ-8RobG83q3_5

Call (510)655-2830 or email mark.wilson@wisr.edu or johnb@wisr.edu with questions or for help with technical difficulties.

 

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
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Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 655-2830
mail@wisr.edu, www.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.

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

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