- September 28-30, 2018
- 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Namaste Hall, California Institute of Integral Studies
A suggested donation of $10 per day is requested for the conference to cover refreshments and other overheads. Please RSVP Stephen Julich, Program Manager of East-West Psychology.
1968 Revisited: (Whatever happened to) Revolution, Counterculture, Pedagogy, Utopia?
This conference explores the ideas and forces surrounding the founding of CIIS in 1968. It also welcomes the intentional planetary city of Auroville, founded in the same year with similar aspirations. 1968 was a time of worldwide discontent with the conditions of human living; and the dream of a creative utopia. The human upsurge against the forces of capital found global manifestations, from the Prague revolt against Soviet communism to the French May uprising, the Vietnam Tet offensive, the civil rights movement, and campus eruptions in France, Mexico, Yugoslavia and the United States. Contemporary feminist, Latino and gay liberation movements all came to life. An anti-structural west-coast counterculture dreamed of new ways of living a life of sharing and creativity in harmony with nature. The conference seeks to discover common threads uniting a new pedagogy, a greater psychology, and an experimental philosophy with these global uprisings and the founding of Auroville, a utopian spiritual community in India. 1968 Revisited asks whether idealism is always fated to be co-opted by capital and selfishness, or whether education can be a force against this gravitation. Can Auroville teach us something about the living potential of utopia? How can we reignite the revolutionary content of CIIS, which served in many ways as a secret think tank for the San Francisco counter-culture?
Friday, September 28th
Inauguration: Mike Hebel
Keynote: George Katsiaficas - Global Imagination of 1968
Abstract: Like 1948 and 1905, the 1960s was a period of world-historical struggles when movements profoundly changed societies without seizing state power. My understanding of 1968 is not bounded by national or continental divides nor focused on Great Men and Women. Millions of people went into the streets and their aspirations were remarkably similar. From the Prague revolt against Soviet communism to the French May uprising, the Vietnam Tet offensive, the civil rights movement, and campus eruptions in Mexico, Yugoslavia and the United States, movements were intuitively tied together. Student movements challenged authorities in almost every country, giving the insurgency a global character. During 1968-1970, contemporary femi-nist, Latino and gay liberation movements all came to life. The revolutionary aspirations of insur-gencies in the core of the world system is revealed in general strikes in France in May 1968 and the US movement's highpoint during May to September 1970 (from the May campus strike to the national women's strike, Chicano Moratorium and Black Panthers' constitutional convention in September). Despite the apparent failure of the movements of 1968, their profound influence on politics, culture and social movements continues to be felt today. As globally synchronized uprisings occur with increasing frequency in the 21st century, the lessons of 1968 help provide useful insights for future struggles.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Conversation with George Katsiaficas: Ramsey Kanaan
12:00 pm - Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 pm:
Panel - Global Utopian Social Movements in 1968 and 2018
Moderator: Jennifer Wells
Panelists & Titles:
1. Walter Turner - The pivotal role of the liberation movements of Africa and the African dias-pora, 1968 and today.
2. Eddie Yuen - The uses of history and nostalgia about the social movements of 1968.
3. Jennifer Wells - The worst and best strands of political ecology in 1968 and 2018, in face of the Anthropocene.
Panel Description and Abstracts: This panel attempts to reframe ‘utopian' terms and imagi-naries in light of the global aspirations of 1968 and the realities of 2018. Walter Turner will speak on the topic of liberatory movements of Africa and the African Diaspora, their role and power in 1968 and today. Eddie Yuen will discuss the uses of history and nostalgia in remem-bering the global social movements of 1968, i.e. which events and themes of the 1968 move-ments are remembered and which are forgotten, drawing from archival materials on 1968 in the Bay Area. Jennifer Wells will sort the most fallacious from the most promising strands of political ecology in 1968 and today, and what global political ecology means in the Anthropocene.
4:00 - 6:00 pm:
Panel - What does Asia mean to us today?
Moderator: Bindu Mohanty
Panelists & Titles:
1. Debashish Banerji - The Fates of Indian Spirituality
2. Rita Sherma - Sustaining Societies - Restoring Nature
3. Clark Hsu - Ancient Eyes New Landscape: A Talk of the gifts of Chinese Tradition and Tibetan Buddhism in Psycho-Spiritual Development and Application
Panel Description: 1968 saw the entry of Asian contemplative practices into America as part of the counterculture. These streams have been assimilated into the mainstream today in new ways that reinforce the regime of capital, so that one thinks of Asia either as a rising power in neo-liberal globalization or as a provider of entertainment and comfort to the corporate West. Could one think of other possibilties that yield a different world future coming from the East? This panel explores such possibilities.
Debashish Banerji: This talk traces the entry and recption of Indian spiritual teachings into modern America, leading to the fates of cultism, corporatization and the New Age. It then explores the roles of academics and experiemental habitats in opening new futures for these teachings.
Rita Sherma: Sustainability refers to human actions that leave a legacy of healthy ecosystems, strong global economies, and just and compassionate societies for future generations. In service of such an ideal, the vision of the Sustainability 360 Initiative at Graduate Theological Union (GTU), a leader in interreligious-interdisciplinary graduate education, is to bring the academic study of the faith/wisdom traditions of humanity into conversation and collaboration with each other and the various disciplines that inform the field of Sustainability Studies. Diversity of reli-gions also embodies variegated cultural spheres. This talk considers the participation of the yoga traditions in such an interdisciplinary dialog.
Clark Hsu: Chinese culture and tradition, with more than 5000 years of history and Tibetan spir-itual traditions of at least 2000 years, are both rooted in a holistic framework. In their reception in the West, they have both seen distortions, either in terms of materialism or exoticism. But west-ern culture today is at a crisis point in its global ecological, cultural and corporate life, a crisis to which Chinese and Tibetan spiritual traditions may offer rich insights of sustainable holistic life. This talk will introduce the integrative framework of biology, psychology, and spirituality of-fered by Chinese Medicine and the Tibetan Buddhist systems. The goal is to offer a fresh per-spective and initiate an inter-traditional dialogue on psycho-spiritual development and applica-tion, using Chinese and Tibetan spiritual systems to address the problems of our times.
7:00 - 7:45 pm:
Keynote: Suryamayi Aswini - Auroville: An Experiment in (R)evolutionary Utopianism
Abstract: 1968 is a year that marks a powerful era of radically progressive social transformation throughout Europe and North America, in which young people insisted "Another world is possi-ble," and sought to claim and enact it. The spirit and culture of this revolution were in part in-formed by the concurrent popular discovery of the Indian yoga tradition, which offered tools for the individual emancipation that was seen as necessary to accompany and realize the transfor-mation sought for society at large. In the years leading up to '68, in India, two spiritual activists, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, had begun a work of (r)evolutionizing the yoga tradition. Rather than individual enlightenment, Integral Yoga anticipated the spiritualization of all aspects of so-ciety through an evolution of consciousness.
Auroville was founded in 1968 by The Mother as an experimental township dedicated to this en-deavor. Contrary to previous attempts at utopian society, which were imagined predetermined perfect societies awaiting enactment (and which invariably failed to work out as planned), Auro-ville would be an applied "laboratory for evolution," ever-developing in accordance with the pro-gressive spiritualization of its members. 50 years on, Auroville is the largest, most diverse, and among the longest-standing intentional communities in the world, celebrated for its progressive pedagogy, environmentalism, collective organization, and creativity. It continues to draw people from around the world who resonate with its applied spiritualism and the call of a "higher and truer life."
How can this on-going experiment inform our understanding of the age-old project of utopia in 2018?
8:00 - 9:00 pm
Films on Auroville
Saturday, September 29th
10am - 12:00 pm:
Panel - Pedagogy and Experimental Philosophy
Moderator: Debashish Banerji
Panelists & Titles:
1. Jake Sherman - Pedagogy and the Coming Trauma of Materialism - Moving beyond ‘68 with Owen Barfield and Augusto del Noce
2. Matt Segall - From Final Knowledge to Infinite Learning: Re-imagining Pedagogy with Whitehead and Deleuze
3. Joshua Ramey - Teach the Undoing, or How to Intensify the Contradictions of 1968
Panel Description: This panel considers deep rooted philosophical structures of change that have intervened since the late 1960's to bring us the condition of existence we experience today. Consideration of this kind reflects also on pedagogy in terms of addressing a revitalization of the ideals of 1968 as philosophical project.
Jacob Sherman: This paper brings reconsiders the response of two extraordinary but regularly overlooked thinkers of the 1960s, the Italian philosopher and political theorist, Augusto del Noce, and the philosopher, literary critic, and Inkling, Owen Barfiled. Already in the late sixties, Barfield and del Noce diagnosed a kind of bourgeois transformation of both positivistic and historical materialism into a new reign of technology, what del Noce calls the affluent society, and Barfield often refers to as idolatry: a society in which interiority is largely effaced, philosophy subjects itself to technology, and culture to politics. Both thinkers saw in the student movements of their day a resistance to the affluent society, but a resistance that could not succeed without radical pedagogical attention not only to extant structures of oppression but also to the historical and metaphysical roots radical of modern alienation.
Mathew Segall: Taking its cues from A. N. Whitehead and Gilles Deleuze, my contribution to this panel on Pedagogy and Experimental Philosophy will examine the crucial philosophical im-portance of imagination as a potent source of both deep and broad learning. I will integrate ped-agogical insights from Whitehead and Deleuze in an effort to articulate an experimental approach to philosophy as a process of infinite learning rather than a search for final knowledge.
Joshua Ramey: As Maurizio Lazzarato and Éric Alliez (among others) argue in _Wars and Cap-ital_, the post-'68 settlement between the capitalist classes and the subjugated masses was the world we have lived with ever since: libidinal and self-expressive emancipation, cultural diversi-ty and ethno-racial "inclusion" for the elites, and for the rest financialization and neoliberal end-game: endless global war, ecological devastation, and exponential indebtedness as an ongoing process of what David Harvey calls "accumulation by dispossession." The cost of libidinal libera-tion for the few has been the re-entrenchment of capitalist class power, and a re-emergence of fascism to echo that of the 1930's. The key problem for emancipatory pedagogy, today, is to re-turn to the post-'68 settlement, which was organized around the ruses of "development," "dia-logue," "progress," and other figures of meliorist gradualism. What must be taught and intensi-fied is the impossibility, then or now, of any compromise between emancipatory desire and the capitalist world-form. The post-68 settlement must be unsettled. I will suggest some ways we can learn from Simone Weil, François Laruelle, and Jared Sexton how to enter into the intensifi-cation of the difference between the capitalist world form and a fugitive sociality that can do without the world.
1:30 - 3:30 pm:
Panel - Counterculture
Moderator: Nicholas Meriwether
Panelists & Titles:
1. Peter Richardson - Three Faces of the Counterculture
2. Ramon Sender - Home Free Home
3. Bindu Mohanty - Auroville: Fraternity as a Socio-political Principal
Panel Description: This panel considers the strands of countercultural utopian practice that arose in and around 1968. It explores the factors that give vitality and innovative life to the counterculture, their shortcomings and oppositions, as well as continued inspiration and forces for resisting the status quo.
Peter Richardson: This presentation considers three figures--Jann Wenner, Stewart Brand, and Jerry Garcia--and the way their countercultural projects played out during the 1960s and the dec-ades that followed. All three projects--Rolling Stone magazine, the Whole Earth Catalog, and the Grateful Dead-- drew on America's vast reservoir of utopian energy, but the experiences, prod-ucts, and outcomes were sharply contrastive. By juxtaposing these figures and their projects, this talk will feature both the variety and the durability of the San Francisco counterculture.
Ramon Sender: During the late sixties, two open-door communal ranches arose in Sonoma County, California, offering free access to anyone: Morning Star and Wheeler's Ranch. Nothing quite like them had ever existed before, and people came from all over the country to live there. Together they rediscovered a tribal, neoprimitive way of life that consumed less energy and offered more freedom than our regulated, consumption-oriented Great Society. It was a magical five years until Sonoma County authorities discovered they could use the health and buildings codes punitively to bulldoze the houses, expel the inhabitants, and close down both communities. Different in many respects, both communes celebrated the freedom of each indi-vidual to do their thing, as long as no harm came to anyone. But the change was too sudden for some neighbors, who feared that drug-crazed hippies would lead their children astray. In the case of each ranch, one politically powerful person acted as the catalyst, and saw to it that the district attorney acted on his complaint. By 1973, it was all over. In these days when the home-less population remains stable no matter what bandaides are applied, and the cost of houseing skyrockets, it might be time to rethink these discoveries.
Bindu Mohanty: Even though the communes of the 1968 counterculture were short-lived, their lineage lives on. Worldwide there is still widespread experimentation with intentional communi-ties. As a panel member, Dr. Mohanty discusses the legacy of temporal experiments in communi-ty in bringing about necessary corrective measures to mainstream society. She elaborates on the unique factors that allowed Auroville to develop in the past fifty years and posits that Auroville is a unique intentional community/city where, consciously or unconsciously, the revolutionary ideal of Fraternity is being sought to be realized at a socio-political level.
4:00 - 6:00 pm:
Panel - Holistic and Participatory Thought
Moderator: Robert McDermott
Panelists & Titles:
1. Mara Lynn Keller - Spiritual Feminist Contributions to Holistic Thought and Practice
2. Sean Kelly - The Great Turning: from Earthrise to the Gaianthropocene
3. Glenn Hartelius - Participatory Thought as Inclusion with Rigor
Panel Description: This panel revisits a number of forms of idealism that made their impact in the late 1960's and asks the question of what has become of them today and how higher education may help to afford them a renewed relevance in our times. It is also concerned about a redefinition of the human individual from an isolated monad to a holistic and participatory intersection of environmental, cultural, social and gendered discourses.
Mara Lynn Keller: From the vantage point of the #metoo movement today and the emergence of a massive protest women's movement that immediately followed the inauguration of the Trump presidency, we see that the women's liberation movement is still alive and very dynamic today. I will describe the historical backdrop of the momentous movements for social justice in the 1960's: civil rights, anti-war, student, women, gay and lesbian movements -- that became fo-cused later into the peace movement to prevent nuclear holocaust. I discuss contending worldviews that were engaged then, as now, on a spectrum from "right" to "left." I focus espe-cially on the contributions of spiritual feminist activist-thinkers who believe fiercely and gently in the power of participatory democracy, personal and social empowerment, education and healthcare for all, the importance of caring for children, the sick, and elderly as key markers of an advanced civilization - in short, in generating the blossoming fulfillment of whole and healthy individuals and communities around the world. We ask how we can shift away from the dominator-dynamics of the ruling elites of today, toward a more equitable, humane, sustainable, compassionate, beautiful, truthful, loving and joyful future!
Sean Kelly: The fifty years since the Apollo mission Earthrise photo of 1968, which became the symbol of the nascent environmental movement, have brought us to an unparalleled planetary bifurcation point: on the one hand, the increasing likelihood of civilizational and biospheric col-lapse, and on the other, the possibility at least of a Great Turning to a life-sustaining society. This period also corresponds with the awakening to the fact that we have entered a new geological age--the Anthropocene. If we are to avoid collapse, it will be because we have succeeded in mak-ing this not just the "age of the human," but the age where a planetary humanity has regenerated itself in harmony with the deeper wisdom of Gaia, She "in whom we move and live and have our being."
Glenn Hartelius: Transpersonal psychology has long advocated including human spirituality and culturally-based approaches to wellness within Western psychology. At times, this goal has been advanced at the cost of scholarly and scientific rigor, and spiritual or metaphysical claims have been advanced as psychology. Participatory thought offers a way forward by recognizing science and spirituality as different forms of located knowledge rather than as competitors in a race for universal knowledge. This allows transpersonal psychology to remain a scientific field that fully validates the lived experiences of human spirituality.
7:00 - 7:45 pm
Keynote: Nicholas Meriwether - Esoterica and the Exotic in the Music of the Haight: The Transnational Dead
Abstract: When the Haight-Ashbury exploded in the nation's consciousness in the 1960s, com-mentators were quick to note the prevalence of what they viewed as outlandish ideas and far-fetched beliefs, from Egyptology to a wide range of occult and spiritual beliefs. As elements in what became identified as the counterculture, these subjects were often used as cudgels by de-tractors bent on denigration and dismissal, yet in retrospect, many proved to be enduring and supple additions to an American world view slowly adapting to its very youthful position in world history and culture. That is especially clear in the music of the Haight, which drew on a wide palate of influences, including music from India, Egypt, North Africa, and more. The con-nections between the Haight's interest in esoteric intellectual traditions and the musical forms and voices that the neighborhood's musicians sought out and incorporated is a fertile area for scholars of the 1960s to explore. This talk focuses on the Grateful Dead's interest in esoterica and its deep connections to their music at the time, a topic that embodies the Haight's quest for lost and hid-den knowledge that provides a lens for better understanding the counterculture and its lingering effects more than fifty years after the Summer of Love.
8:00 - 9:30 pm
Indo-Jazz Concert: Reimagination Trio
Jonathan Kay (saxophone), Miles Wick (bass), John Arkin (drums)
Abstract: The presentation of cross-cultural music as part of 1968: Revisited at CIIS will be a journey from the spiritual depths of India's Ragas to the unbounded creativity of the West. Tra-ditionally developing Raga moods, improvising on Coltrane's tunes as well as Jonathan's original compositions, the evening will be inspired by the dynamic movement cultivated in the late 1960's towards universalism and transcendence.
Sunday, September 30th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm:
Presentation - Auroville- Spiritual Anarchy: Philosophy, History and Social Conditions
Moderator: Stephen Julich
Panelists & Titles:
1. Bindu Mohanty - Auroville: From (R)evolution to Evolution
2. Sauro Mezzetti - Integral Governance and Planning in Auroville
Panel Description: This panel introduces Auroville as a longstanding intentional community which had its beginnings in 1968 in terms of its social, cultural and spiritual life, its forms of governance, its successes and its difficulties it faces in living up to its ideals.
Bindu Mohanty: Dr. Mohanty explores the question of how revolutionary passion can be chan-neled into sustained evolutionary energy. Tracking Auroville's growth over five decades, she compares it to the historical evolution of human society. She concludes by raising questions about human beings' potential for conscious evolution and potential factors which influence human evolution.
Sauro Mezzetti: Auroville is a project of an intentional township founded in 1968 by Mira Al-fassa (also known as The Mother), spiritual partner and collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, with the aim of being a self-regulating city, representing global diversity and all life activities, and based on ideals of individual and collective spiritual transformation. Since its inception, Auroville has encountered many difficulties at realizing its founding social and political ideals; nevertheless it has maintained a steady growth to be today one of the most long-lived utopian experiments at-tempted at a large scale. This talk will outline some of these historical difficulties and talk about present and future challenges of governance and planning and what is being done to address these.
1:30 - 3:30 pm:
Conversation on Integral Education
Moderator: Jean Eisele
1. Suryamayi Aswini
2. Liz Beaven
3. Heidi Fraser
Panel Description: This session will feature a conversation discussing Integral education and how it may be understood today particularly in higher education, considers different modalities of Integral education and the resources and conditions needed for its practice.
Jean Eisele: With my professional formative years in the "open education" days of the 60's and 70's, I found Mother's three principles of integral education to mirror my own beliefs and peda-gogy. Working with teacher interns, I am more focused on their knowledge of and commitment to each of their future students than on their knowledge of Dewey's Creed or improper fractions. Self-chosen projects, open-ended discussions, relevant service learning, and utilization of various learning styles all contribute to my quest. I am heartened when I visit classrooms of alumnae and see children engaged in individual searches, community projects, and respectful disagreements.
Suryamayi Aswini: Her research engages with many aspects of Aurovilian society, exploring how the community's ideals are engaged in practice - notably in the spheres of socio-economy, collective organization, and education - and speaks to broader frameworks of utopian and pre-figurative practice, social economy and alter-development, integral yoga and education, commu-nity and intentional community. She is a member and resident of Auroville.
Liz Beaven: As an educator, parent, and grandparent, Liz is keenly interested in the challenge of appropriately educating children in a rapidly changing world and for an unknowable future. She emphasizes the need for the development of competencies such as creativity, perseverance, resili-ence, flexibility, imagination, independent thinking, and confidence. Liz remains active in the field of teacher preparation as time permits, offering courses in schools in several states. She continues to consult with schools on a range of organizational and pedagog-ical topics. She is the president of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.
Heidi Fraser: Passionate about lifelong learning, teaching that nurtures student development along multiple lines of intelligence simultaneously, research in whole-person approaches to higher education, and assessment of student learning objectives and outcomes, she aspires to assist stu-dents in understanding the value of their integral education and how to effectively communicate that to circles outside CIIS.
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Embodied Learning Workshop - Suryamayi Aswini
7:00 - 8:00 pm:
1968, CIIS and the Future: A Conversation
Robert McDermott and Michael Murphy
Abstract: Michael Murphy and Robert McDermott, friends of Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri, will converse on the themes of the conference, including the significance of 1968 in relation to 2018 as well as the significance of CIIS and Esalen Institute for the future evolution of consciousness.
Concluding Remarks: Mike Hebel
AWARENESS THROUGH THE BODY WORKSHOP
AWARENESS THROUGH THE BODY
An Integral Education Workshop from Auroville (India)
Sunday, September 30, 4:00–6:00
Awareness Through the Body (ATB) offers tools and opportunities for individuals to expand conscious self-awareness. Developed as a program of integral education in Auroville schools, it is now practiced by individuals of all ages, worldwide.
Through a wide variety of dynamic and introspective activities, ATB invites an exploration into the multiple and interrelating parts of our being, and of ways of centering, integrating, and harmonizing this complexity in a practice transferable to daily life.
The workshop facilitator, Suryamayi, grew up with ATB in Auroville schools, and has been facilitating for children and adults since 2009. She has been a hatha yoga teacher since 2010, and has studied therapeutic yoga and bodywork. She is currently a doctoral researcher in development studies.
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE $25
Through EVENTBRITE or email Stephen Julich,
EWP program manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Arkin is a percussionist who leads his own groups, and is an in-demand musician. Spanning three decades, his list of recording credits includes dozens of albums and guest appearances in a wide variety of genres, as he maintains an active recording schedule as a studio musician. He has also established himself as a noted educator, teaching unique classes, workshops, clinics and lessons to students in the Bay Area and elsewhere, and is a frequent faculty member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Jazz school in Berkeley.
Suryamayi Aswini, Ph.D.(c)., was raised in the integral learning society that is Auroville, and had the formative experience of living as a conscious and evolutionary process of "unending education," one of the community's ideals. Her upbringing and education provided the tools and opportunities for doing so through developing multiple aspects of the self - intellectual, artistic, physical and spiritual - and Auroville as a whole provided a rich learning environment (and continues to do so). Her experience of traditional university settings has been marked by the challenging contrast of a much restricted exercise and paradigm of education, whose transformation she sees as co-dependent with that of society at large. Suryamayi is practitioner of Auroville's flagship embodied integral education programme "Awareness Through the Body."
Debashish Banerji, Ph.D., is Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophy and Culture and Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also the program chair in the East-West Psychology department. Prior to teaching at CIIS, Banerji served as Professor of Indian Studies and Dean of Academics at the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles. He has taught as adjunct faculty in Art History at the Pasadena City College, University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Irvine. From 2005-2009, he was the Director of the International Center for Integral Studies in New Delhi, India, an online graduate academic institution which he took through accreditation under the Indira Gandhi National Open University system. From 1992-2006, Banerji served as the president of the East-West Cultural Center, Los Angeles. He is presently the Executive Director of Nalanda International based in Los Angeles. Banerji has curated a number of exhibitions of Indian and Japanese art. He has edited a book on the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and another on Posthumanism. He is the author of two books: The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore (Sage, 2010) and Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformational Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo (DK Printworld and Nalanda International, 2012).
Ramón Sender Barayón, M.A., is a central figure in the history of the greater Bay Area counterculture: electronic music pioneer, co-producer of the Trips Festival in San Francisco, consigliere and chief remembrancer of Morning Star and Wheeler Ranch open land communes. Born in Spain in 1934, he provides a living link between the radical communal traditions [Spanish Anarchist Naturism] of the Old World through his father, the Spanish Anarchist novelist Ramon J. Sender, and the New World through his first wife Sibyl's great-grandfather, John Humphrey Noyes, who founded the nineteenth century religious utopian Oneida Community. In exile from fascist Spain with his father and sister - as "citizens of the planet, without attachments... radical cosmopolitans," Ramón grew up in New York, where he began his music studies (before continuing at the San Francisco Conservatory and Mills College). He first tasted communal living in his early twenties via the authoritarian communism of the Bruderhof, and went on to co-found the Digger commune, Morning Star Ranch, with Limeliter Lou Gottlieb.
Edited from an introduction by Iain Boal in "West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California" (PM Press, 2011)
Liz Beaven, Ph.D., currently serves as the Provost of the California Institute of Integral Studies where she is fascinated by the multiple approaches to inquiry into the human condition. Her career has been largely devoted to integral education in several contexts. She has over 30 years' experience in Waldorf education including 13 years as a class teacher (children ages 6-14) and 11 years as a school administrator. She has served as a mentor, teacher evaluator, and instructor of teachers and administrators. She is committed to the principle of access for all children to developmentally-appropriate, creative education that addresses the child's mind, heart, body, and spirit.
Jean Eisele, Ph.D., recently retired from the University of Washington Bothell School of Education, where she worked to model Mother's principles of integral education to her students. Her teaching experience spans pe-school to university, including courses on multi-age classrooms, observing children as learners, child development, and courses on-site in Auroville for UW students. Other adventures include elementary school principal, teacher center consultant, intern supervisor, and school board chair. On one of her thirteen visits to Auroville schools, she organized a co-writing project between Aikiyam teachers and her own interns illustrating Mother's three principles in a classroom. She has attended several ATB workshops by Aloka, both in Auroville and in New England, and shared these with her university students as well, as one of the best manifestations of integral education in action.
Heidi Fraser Hageman, Ph.D., did her doctoral research on exploring an integral education at CIIS through surveying and interviewing alumni from the EWP program about the personal and professional value of their non-traditional graduate degree. While completing her dissertation, Heidi spent seven semesters with the Center for Writing and Scholarship working with writers across disciplines to develop reading, writing, and research skills specific to what genre they were studying in, and completed seven teaching assistantships with faculty across the Institute.
Currently, Heidi teaches at CIIS, where she also resides as Director of the Center for Writing and Scholarship.
Glenn Hartelius, Ph.D., founded and chairs the online PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA, where he serves as Associate Professor. Glenn is Main Editor for the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, co-editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, co-author of The Ketamine Papers, and Secretary of the International Transpersonal Association. He has been honored with the Carmi Harari Early Career Award by Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. His research on the definition and scope of transpersonal psychology has contributed to defining the field. His work studying attention through somatic phenomenology and neuroscience is directed toward making states of consciousness measurable.
Mike Hebel, Ph.D.(c)., is a member of the CIIS Board of Trustees and a PhD candidate in Asian Philosophy and Culture. In 1966, he became a student of CIIS founder Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri. Dr. Chaudhuri introduced Mike to the study of the integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. After graduating from the University of San Francisco in 1966, Mike joined the San Francisco Police Department, where, from his assignment at Park Station in the Haight-Ashbury, he witnessed the 1967 summer of love. In 1968 Mike was a criminology student at Cal-Berkeley where he experienced People's Park, barb-wire and tear gas with the National Guard on campus. He was frequently on campus twelve hours a day - as a student and then as a mutual aid police officer. After retiring from the SFPD in 1994 as a captain, Mike continued his law and financial planning practices. He and his wife, Gityjoon are major donors to CIIS. Mike believes that the 1st 50 years for both CIIS and Auroville are prelude to their rapidly unfolding mission in the 21st Century.
Yi-Chen Hsu (Clark), M.A. in Counseling Psychology is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Adjunct Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies. Clark has been offering counseling services for individuals, groups and communities in the Bay Area, Taiwan, and China. He also organizes Expressive Arts trainings and teaches related classes in Taiwan, China and USA. Clark holds the position of Knowledge Consultant for Life Potential International, an organization that offers workshops and publishes books in the field of mind, body and spirit for Chinese audience.Being an ex-IT professional, Clark seeks to find integration through creative ways. He bridges Eastern Tradition (Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Confucianism) with Western Psychology with a sprinkle of technological knowledge. The aim is to promote an integrative model that utilizes a variety of forces to hold and nurture human experience and transformation.
Ramsey Kanaan is the founder of AK Press and co-founder and publisher of PM Press. In his native Scotland, he was one of the original activists in the anti-Poll Tax movement, which ultimately brought down Margaret Thatcher. Over the last three decades, he has published such luminaries as Ursula LeGuin, Raj Patel, Noam Chomsky, Nalo Hopkinson, Cory Doctorow, Silvia Federici, Howard Zinn, Marge Piercy, and Andrej Grubacic. He serves as Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology at CIIS.
Ramsey Kanaan spent the heady year of '68 in diapers. It's unclear whether such formative experiences propelled him into activism and publishing, but he's been attempting to combine the two since his early teens.
George Katsiaficas, Ph.D., received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego in 1983. From 1969, he has been active in social movements. In 1970, he graduated from MIT while in solitary confinement after being convicted of "disturbing a school" for organizing anti-war protests. He moved to California, where he was part of a deep network of countercultural counterinstitutions during the 1970s in Ocean Beach. He was long active against the CIA and for Palestinian self-determination. A student of Herbert Marcuse, he authored books on the global imagination of 1968 as well as European autonomous movements. Together with Kathleen Cleaver, he edited Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party. His two-volume Asia's Unknown Uprisings places the 1980 Gwangju People's Uprising in South Korea at the center of an Asian wave that overthrew eight dictatorships in six years. His latest book is The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution (PM Press).
For years, he taught in Boston at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He was a research affiliate at Harvard in both Korean studies and European studies and was twice awarded Fulbright fellowships (to Germany and Korea). His web site is: http://www.eroseffect.com
Jonathan Kay, M.A., Inspired by the spiritual revelations crying from John Coltrane's saxophone in the late 60's, Jonathan Kay has been traveling the globe passionately continuing Coltrane's search for a "multicultural theory of musical transcendence". Trained as a jazz musician in Toronto, he moved to Kolkata, India, where for the past 10 years he lived alongside his Guru, vocalist Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, learning the art of North Indian Raga music and for the first time innovated its application on the tenor and soprano saxophones. 6 years ago Jonathan began playing the rare Indian 21-stringed bowing instrument, the boro esraj, and has also been learning under his Guru, Sri Abir Singh Khangura in the instrumental (tantra-kari) style.
Mara Lynn Keller, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Women's Spirituality at CIIS, directed its Women's Spirituality graduate program for ten years. Her teaching and writing center on ancient Goddess cultures of Crete and Greece; and on Women's Visionary Arts, especially women's poetry, fiction, and film. She previously taught Philosophy and co-founded Women's Studies at the University of California at Riverside, and taught Philosophy and Women's Studies and co-founded the Global Peace Studies at San Francisco State University. Her plenary speech for the Parliament of World's Religion (2015) declares, "The freedom of religion to worship Goddess is a social justice issue!"
Sean Kelly, Ph.D., is professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He is the author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era, co-editor of The Variety of Integral Ecologies: Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era, and co-translator of Edgar Morin'sHomeland Earth: A manifesto for the New Millennium. Along with his academic work, Sean teaches taiji and is a facilitator of the group process Work that Reconnects developed by Joanna Macy.
Nicholas Meriwether, Ph.D., is a cultural historian whose work focuses on American literature and history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Educated at Princeton, Cambridge, and the University of South Carolina, he is now with Center for Counterculture Studies, where his work focuses on psychedelic poster art and the Haight-Ashbury in the sixties.
Sauro Mezzetti, Ph.D., has been interested in the work and Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo at a very young age and started visiting the Pondicherry Ashram and Auroville in 1978, to settle eventually for the last 30 years. He has been active with development work, project management, urban rural integration , town planning and relations with external agencies. He has been involved also in many projects outside Auroville with development agencies including the European Commission, Unido (United Nation Industrial Development Organization) and has worked with the public administration in Italy. He graduated in South Asian History and got post graduation on Economic Cooperation with Developing Countries. He has a keen interest on history and Asian social affairs and write occasionally on this matter for Italian publications.
Robert McDermott, Ph.D., is CIIS President Emeritus and Professor, Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC). His primary publications are: Essential Aurobindo, New Essential Steiner, and Steiner and Kindred Spirits. With Haridas Chaudhuri he edited International Philosophical Quarterlhy (IPQ) Special Issue on Sri Aurobindo.
Hie was Secretary of the American of Religion. His grants include two Fulbrights and two from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a co-founder of The Wisdom Quest.
Bindu Mohanty, Ph.D., AIEMA, is a writer, educator and sustainability consultant based in Auroville. As a consultant, she has worked in the fields of rural development, climate justice, and waste management. As an educator, she has served as senior faculty for an international study-abroad program, and taught workshops and courses in India, USA and Europe. Her writings have been published in academic and other forums. She is passionate about promoting social justice and ecological sustainability in a globalized world through her work. In Auroville, she has served the community by working in the following sectors: rural development, waste management, food security, and governance. She has represented Auroville at numerous international conferences.
Michael Murphy is a co-founder of Esalen Institute and founder of Esalen's Center for Theory and Research. He was a student of Frederic Spiegelberg and Haridas Chowdhury, both founders of CIIS.
His novels include The Kingdom of Shivas Irons, Golf in the Kingdom, Jacob Atabet, and An End to Ordinary History. His latest nonfiction work is God and the Evolving Universe, co-authored with James Redfield and Sylvia Timbers. Other nonfiction work includes: In the Zone, an anthology of extraordinary sports experiences, co-authored with Rhea White; The Life We Are Given, a book about transformative practice, co-authored with George Leonard; The Future of the Body, and The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation, co-authored with Steve Donovan.
Joshua Ramey, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Program in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights at Haverford College. Ramey holds a PhD in philosophy from Villanova University (2006), and his research is in political economy, critical theory, and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of _The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal_ (Duke University Press, 2012) and _Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency_ (Rowman and Littlefield, Intl., 2016).
Peter Richardson, Ph.D., coordinates the American Studies and California Studies programs at San Francisco State Univerity. He has written critically acclaimed books about the Grateful Dead, the iconic Bay Area rock band; Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; and Carey McWilliams, the prolific Los Angeles author who also edited The Nation magazine from 1955 to 1975. His work has appeared in the print or online editions of the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Review of Books, Truthdig, The American Conservative, and other outlets. A frequent book reviewer, he received the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Online Criticism in 2013.
Matthew T. Segall, Ph.D., is a process philosopher who teaches courses on process-relational thought and German Idealism for the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. In the Spring 2018 semester, he taught a course called Process and Difference in the Pluriverse, which applied process-relational metaphysics to the present social, political, and ecological crises. He has published articles on a wide array of topics, including process philosophy, Gaia theory, religious studies, psychedelics, and architecture, and his most recent book is titled Physics of the World-Soul: The Relevance of Alfred North Whitehead's Philosophy of Organism to Contemporary Scientific Cosmology (2016). He blogs regularly at footnotes2plato.com.
Rita D. Sherma, Ph.D., is Director and Associate Professor at Graduate Theological Union's Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, Co-Chair of Sustainability 360° & Core Doctoral Faculty at GTU, Berkeley, CA. Formerly, she was the Swami Vivekananda Visiting Professor in Hindu Studies, at USC, Los Angeles, where she was recipient of the USC 2014 Professor of Color Recognition Award for excellence in teaching. Published and pending volumes include Woman and Goddess in Hinduism: Reinterpretations and Re-envisioning • Hermeneutics and Hindu Thought: Toward a Fusion of Horizons • Dying, Death, and Afterlife in Dharma Traditions and Western Religions (ADB Publ.)• Engaged Hinduism: Service as Spiritual Practice (Lexington 2019)• Sustainable Societies: Interreligious, Interdisciplinary Responses (Springer, 2019). She is Editor of the Journal of Dharma Studies (Springer).
Jacob Sherman, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he also chairs the program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He received his PhD in philosophical theology from the University of Cambridge, taught previously at King's College London, and from 2014-17 held a visiting appointment as University Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge.
By training a philosopher, theologian, and religious studies scholar, he is the author of Partakers of the Divine: Contemplation and the Practice of Philosophy, and editor, with Jorge Ferrer, of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies. The author of over two dozen articles, essays, and reviews, his writings have appeared in publications such as The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Modern Theology, and the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology. He is currently working on a new manuscript entitled The Book of Nature: Theology, Natural Philosophy, and the Ecological Imagination.
Walter Turner is a scholar, author, and journalist. He is a professor of history and ethnic studies at the College of Marin. Turner is a leading authority on social, political and economic developments in Africa and the African Diaspora, and hosts the weekly show "Africa Today," on KPFA radio. He is co-author of No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. Turner is also the President of the Board of Directors for several San Francisco Bay Area non-profits, including Global Exchange. He has assisted human rights projects around the world, working closely with political prisoners and sustainable community development.
Jennifer Wells, Ph.D., is a scholar, author, and core faculty in Transformative Studies at CIIS. Her specialties aretransition and utopia studies in the anthropocene,with a background in the environmental humanities and arts. She's an expert in complex thought applied to climate change and other planetary crises, the topic of her book: Complexity and Sustainability (Routledge 2014). She co-authored a book on the social and ecological impacts of biotechnologies, for the Ford Foundation, and has written a dozen journal articles, and aobut one hundred articles and essays for the popular press. She has worked some in radio, film and multimedia. She is one of a group of founders of the San Francisco branch of 350.org, and serves on the 350 Bay Area Public Speakers Bureau giving talks on the climate crisis, and on systemic and integral approaches to global transition today.
Miles Wick is a creative musician and teacher with ties to the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. By trade a jazz bassist, Miles contributes to a number of different musical projects in a variety of styles from folk to rock to improvised. He can also be found singing his own songs, which have been performed on both coasts and internationally. In addition to over a decade of private instruction, Miles also has experience leading after-school classes for elementary students in New York, teaching at music camps, and playing music for pre-school kids.
Eddie Yuen is a writer, editor, and radio producer. His most recent work is a piece on the discourse of environmental collapse in the book Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth (2012, PM Press, 2012. Edited by Sasha Lilley). He is the chief editor of Confronting Capitalism: Dispatches From A Global Movement (2003) and The Battle Of Seattle: The New Challenge to Capitalist Globalization (2002), both on Soft Skull Press. Yuen is a contributing producer for the radio program "Against the Grain" and is currently researching the political economy and cultural significance of extinction.