"Psychology, Social Justice, Science, and Spirituality: Integrating Work for Peace and Justice with Respect for Data and the Search for Truth"
2013 PsySR Fall Regional Conference
October 12-14, 2013
15th Street Friends Meetinghouse
15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003
Topics of Interest:
- Honoring ethics and truth in psychological science, clinical practice and activism
- Combating prejudice, racism, and other forms of oppression
- Supporting beneficial nonconformity: What structures, circumstances, and fears undermine personal and professional ethics and the pursuit of truth, and how can psychologists challenge these?
- Analyzing, critiquing, and resisting pervasive, destructive effects of dominant and/or corrupt cultural influences in the United States and abroad
- Psychology for spirituality and healthy community
- Psychology for peace, social justice and environmental sustainability
This conference will be focused on more interactive, community-building dialogue; therefore, the preferred format for conference contributions will be “roundtable” discussions, semi-structured, facilitated/co-facilitated discussion circles inviting equal participation from a limited number of attendees/participants to share experiences, research and/or ideas about a particular topic. One or more facilitators will provide introductions or overviews of the topic to discuss, and all in attendance will share thoughts and discuss possible directions for future initiatives. Discussions may focus on gaining feedback/ideas about a particular study/program/project or exploring and challenging an issue commonly encountered in our work.
Saturday: 9am-5pm (roundtables); 6pm-8pm (informal social hours at a local venue) Sunday: 9:30am-Noon (optional Quaker Meeting for Worship; see invitation below);1pm-5pm (roundtables); 6pm-8pm (informal social hours at a local venue)
Monday: 9am-3pm (roundtables)
The 15th St. Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), which is co-sponsoring the conference, invites conference attendees to join their Meeting for Worship on Sunday morning at either 9:30 am or 11:00 am (or both). In the Quaker tradition, a Meeting for Worship is silent, though individuals sometime speak if a message has come to them during the meeting and they feel religiously led to share it. Meeting for Worship lasts for an hour and is followed by about 15 minutes of announcements and introductions.
Please note that meals will not be provided. Attendees are encouraged to have their lunch delivered at Noon on Saturday and Monday (Sunday is lunch "on your own" because the building cafeteria and patio are closed that day). We've made arrangements with several local and highly-rated restaurants, which are listed here.
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The Meetinghouse where the conference will be held is wheelchair-accessible. Union Square station (about 2 long blocks from the Meetinghouse) is also wheelchair-accessible, as is the M15 bus that passes nearby (all NYC buses in fact). For more information on wheelchair-accessibility of various subway stations in NYC, please visit www.mta.info/accessibility/stations.htm#manhattan.
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Limited Income Registration
Attendees are cordially invited to attend an Ensemble Pi peace concert marking the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. after the first day of the conference, and we will gather a group of conference attendees to walk over together. Admission is $15 ($10 for students and seniors) and tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing email@example.com.