On Friday evening October 2, I’ll be creating conversation with two women I deeply admire—Sheila McNamee and Jacqueline Salit.
Sheila is a leading social constructionist scholar and educator. She’s Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire and a founder, board member and vice president of The Taos Institute. Her work centers on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts including psychotherapy, organizations, education, health care, and communities. Sheila and I go back about twenty years. She was a co-convener of some of the early Performing the World conferences, we’ve presented together at other conferences and gatherings through the years, and we’ve shared students. I always learn from Sheila and I’m especially eager to speak with her about a passion of hers—”relational ethics.”
I’ve known Jackie forever (actually, nearly 40 years). She’s a democracy strategist, political independent, community organizer and one of America’s leading proponents of nonpartisan politics in the US. She is President of Independentvoting.org, the country’s largest and most innovative strategy and organizing center for independent voters, and the co-founder of EndPartisanship.org, an innovative legal and coalition-building tactic designed to challenge the taxpayer funding of partisan activity. I love talking with Jackie and do so every chance I can. Invariably, I get a new perspective to play around with and a boost of political energy.
This will be the third event the East Side Institute has hosted at which Jackie and I have brought our conversations to the public. I’m especially looking forward to bringing Sheila into the mix.
Here’s our topic:
Social construction, social therapeutics, postmodern psychology, unscientific psychology. Hardly household words. Nevertheless, these approaches have been developing and expanding their reach for over two decades as serious challenges to psychology’s natural science and medical model of human life. Join two of their developers, Lois Holzman and Sheila McNamee in conversation with Jacqueline Salit, as they take stock and share what they have created and discovered about the primacy of relationality, play and performance and what these and other developments mean for psychology—and humanity—going forward.
Here’s the details:
Friday, October 2; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
D’Agostino Hall @ NYU School of Law, Lipton Room, 110 W Third St.
Registration: $45; Student/Retired/Low Income: $25 (Advance $35; $20)
You can register at http://eastsideinstitute.org/events/
If you’re in the NYC area October 2, I hope to see you there.