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WISR Seminars, Events, Announcements

AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2016
Western Institute for Social Research
A Premier Academic Institute for Social Change Since 1975

2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300, Berkeley, CA 94705 (510) 655-2830
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You can download this flyer in adobe pdf format at http://www.wisr.edu/hot-news/

 


The Western Institute for Social Research (WISR -- pronounced "wiser") offers individualized BS, MS and EdD degree programs for working adults living in the Bay Area, throughout the US and around the world. Tuition is an affordable $625/month, our MS in Psychology leads to the State MFT and LPCC licenses, and students may design interdisciplinary and tailored-made areas of study within Education and Social Change, and Community Leadership and Justice. WISR faculty are a distinctive group, who combine intellectual rigor with practical know-how, and they are eager to guide, mentor, support and collaborate with each student in personalized ways.

Announcing:
 
WISR’s annual conference will be: 

September 8 through 10th,
Thursday through Saturday.  

Plans are also in the works for a graduation ceremony either on Friday evening or Saturday afternoon. 
 

Institutional Loans ($225/month) and Limited Number of Work-Study Positions now available. Also contact us to find out about two current Special Tuition Reductions: MFT Program and Resident/Cohort Group Bachelor’s Program.  Encourage friends and prospective students to visit: www.wisr.edu/welcome to learn more.
Look for updates to this flyer monthly online: http://www.wisr.edu/hot-news/ and find us on Facebook.  

INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR(S) are a way for WISR students to learn about core subjects of social change, writing, multiculturalism, adult/higher education, community leadership and social action-research. Community members are welcome to participate as well.

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FILM & SOCIAL CHANGE SERIES
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL DEMOCRACY;
Featuring a Trilogy of Michael Moore Films


Thursday, August 11, 6-8:30pm
Presented by Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) & Cosponsors: 
Zero Net Energy Working Group, Ecumenical Peace Institute

6:00pm Gather
6:30pm Film Showing with Discussion

Classic popcorn & light refreshments.  You are welcome to bring takeout or fingerfood to share.

Come to see and discuss this expansive, rib-tickling comedy in which Michael Moore, playing the role of 'invader,' visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own social democracy.  Moore visits Italy, France, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Tunisia, and Iceland.  He examines the benefits to society of greater worker rights and workplace democracy.  He learns about easy access to early and college education, strategies to lower recidivism, women's health care, decriminalized drugs policies and school lunches.  (Details at:
wheretoinvadenext.com)

Many of these progressive ideas originated in the U.S.  They include constitutional bans on cruel and unusual punishment, abolition of the death penalty, the struggle for an 8-Hour day, the May Day holiday, equal rights for women and fiscal responsibility, among others.  The film encourages us to wonder where we would be today if, instead of merely exporting these ideas, they were an integral part of the American social fabric. 


This is an ongoing course on "Film and Social Change."  People who are not enrolled at WISR are invited to audit the course, or any of its sessions, at no charge. If you want to call in by phone of videoconference before or after the film to join the discussion, contact marilyn@wisr.edu and include a phone number in case of technical difficulties. The Trilogy includes Bowling for Columbine on 9/22 and Capitalism, A Love Story in October.
PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH
Interdisciplinary and MFT Seminar
Monday, August 13, 10am-12pm 

John Bilorusky, PhD, WISR Faculty.
Dr. Bilorusky will provide an overview of key concepts, methods and readings in action-research, and he will invite each participating student to share a project idea that they have, so there can be at least a brief discussion of ways to apply some of these concepts and methods to specific student projects.  Participants are encouraged to read some of WISR's core readings on action-research before the seminar, and then to plan on reading the rest after the seminar.  These readings can be found at:
http://www.wisr.edu/inquiry-and-social-change/wisr-publications/participatory-action-research/
      
Please RSVP by e-mail to
johnb@wisr.edu if you plan to participate by webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone and provide a number where you can be reached that morning in case of technical difficulties. Log on to:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/746363157
         
You can also dial in using your phone.

United States : +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 746-363-157
BECOME AN INSPIRED AND PRODUCTIVE WRITER: A QUARTERLY LEARNING WORKSHOP FOR WISR STUDENTS
Saturday, September 24th, 10am-12pm
Elaine Beale, MFA, WISR Faculty:
Coaching, Support and Discussion:  

Are you having trouble sitting down and writing? Do you feel stuck or uninspired? Do you find yourself avoiding the blank page? Or when you write does a vicious inner critic constantly get in your way? 
         
This workshop, which will be offered quarterly at WISR, is designed to help you overcome whatever blocks or difficulties interfere with your writing. It will include discussion of the obstacles to writing you’re experiencing, engage participants in exercises designed to inspire creativity and productivity, and help deepen your understanding of what’s getting in your way. It will also provide practical tools and strategies to get the writing to flow.  
           
Elaine Beale is an award-winning writer who has more than 15 years of experience teaching writing. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, has published two novels and numerous nonfiction articles and stories.

MARRIAGE FAMILY THERAPY (MFT) SEMINARS are for students pursuing an MFT license. Other interested persons are welcome but you are requested to RSVP the faculty member (see email contact info below) in advance. They are held at WISR from 10am to 2pm (unless listed otherwise) with a short break so bring a lunch. These required seminars for our MS program lead to the State of California’s MFT and LPCC licenses and are now available by telephone conference call and video webinar.
PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH
Interdisciplinary and MFT Seminar
Monday, August 13, 10am-12pm 

John Bilorusky, PhD, WISR Faculty.
Dr. Bilorusky will provide an overview of key concepts, methods and readings in action-research, and he will invite each participating student to share a project idea that they have, so there can be at least a brief discussion of ways to apply some of these concepts and methods to specific student projects.  Participants are encouraged to read some of WISR's core readings on action-research before the seminar, and then to plan on reading the rest after the seminar.  These readings can be found at:
        
Please RSVP by e-mail to
johnb@wisr.edu if you plan to participate by webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone and provide a number where you can be reached that morning in case of technical difficulties. Log on to:
         
You can also dial in using your phone.

United States : +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 746-363-157
There will just be one MFT seminar in August.  However, WISR’s Annual Conference will be September 8 through 10th, Thursday through Saturday and MFT students can earn credit for up to two weekend seminars by attending two half days of the conference.  There will also be an additional MFT seminar on one of the last two Saturdays in September, TBA.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Multiculturalism, Inaugural Issue of
The Journal of the Western Institute
for Social Research

Announcing the inaugural issue of The Journal of the Western Institute for Social Research. This issue's theme is “multiculturalism.” Included are articles on such topics as: multicultural therapy, ethnographies of learning, Chinese learners working in groups, the role of language in multicultural relationships,as well as the role of language in indigenous education among the Omaha people, and action-oriented research methods to pursue racially and ethnically inclusive historical analyses.

Articles were the result of the inquiries of faculty, students and alumni of the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR). Since 1975, WISR has successfully supported the creative, community involvement efforts of hundreds of adult learners--through its highly personalized, socially progressive and interdisciplinary BS, MS and EdD programs. WISR students and the communities with which they are involved, reflect great geographic, intellectual and cultural diversity. WISR’s extraordinary students and faculty together have created a dynamic and inquiring learning community where “Multicultural is WISeR.”

You can now buy an E-book at Bookbaby.com, and very soon, you can buy a hard copy at Amazon.com, Goodreads or Barnes and Noble.

Needed: Volunteers to Catalog WISR’s Library!

As part of WISR’s pursuit of national accreditation, we are in the midst of cataloging the books in WISR’s library.  We very much need a half dozen, or more, people who can volunteer about 4 hours per week for at least several months. If you are interested or have questions, contact WISR’s librarian, Cynthia Roberson, MLIS at librarian@wisr.edu or John Bilorusky at johnb@wisr.edu

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

     Contact WISR if you need a ride from the BART or want to carpool.
     Please avoid wearing perfume or cologne to WISR gatherings as requested by those with asthma & allergies.

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