2017 WISeR PeaceMakers : "The Choice": Social Justice; Non-Violence, Resilience and Inclusivity; The Art of Thriving

Thu, September 21 2017, 10:00 AM - Sun, September 24 2017, 1:00 PM [PST]

2930 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley , CA, United States


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Thu, September 21 2017, 10:00 AM - Sun, September 24 2017, 1:00 PM [PST]

About the Event


Campaign for Non Violence 2017

WISeR PeaceMakers Celebration Sept 23, San Francisco

Annual Conference

Sept 21-24

Special Sunday Workshop with Dr. Edith Eva Eger Sept 24 Berkeley


Sept 23 Marines Memorial Theatre

San Francisco 6 pm

PeaceMakers Celebration

Dr Edith Eva Eger "The CHOICE: Embrace the Possible"

Dr David Yamada "Workplace Bullying and Psychological Trauma"

Dr Satsuki Ina "And Then They Came for Us" Film Screening and Talk

Heidi Hardin "Global Center for the Human Family"

Diana Canant "Making Peace with the Past"

10 am -1 pm

Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley

2930 Shattuck Avenue Suite 300 



Eminent Psychologist, Author and Auschwitz Survivor Edith Eva Eger PhD 



Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr. Edith Eger's "The Choice" is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.


In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith’s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.


Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. 


Dr. Edie explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering. forgiveness is remarkable and inspiring.


'The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don't want to end and that leave you forever changed.' —DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


I would take Edie Eger on an op with me any day.”

U.S. Navy SEALs Commander (Ret.) MARK DIVINE, bestselling author of The Way of the SEAL and Unbeatable Mind


I have learned from this gifted human being, this indomitable survivor, this accomplished therapist, more about humanity and suffering and resilience than from all my advanced degrees. This effervescent, brawny nanogenarian has more than a story to tell, a therapy to offer, a journey to guide; she brings us to a new way of being.”  

      —Dr. ROBERT KOFFMAN, former Director of Psychological Health, U.S. Navy



 "The Choice"- Resilience Initiatives, The Power of Expressive Arts,  Peaceful Homes, Workplaces & Society; Psychology, Innovative Trauma Informed Care, Law, Education, Healthcare, Multiculturalism & Social Justice***




Internationally acclaimed psychologist Dr. Edith Eger—one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors—tells her unforgettable story in this moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of Choice in our lives.




  • SUNDAY 10 A.M. - 1 P.M. : Dr. Edith Eger Resilience & Forgiveness Workshop***, All are Welcome, hosted at WISR in Berkeley
  • SUNDAY Afternoon Presentation
  • SUNDAY Closing Gathering

 ***note: Sunday Workshop CEU Credits are available for Educators, Teachers, Health Care Professionals, Therapists, and Counselors


Dr. Edith Eva Eger, Special Workshop on Resilience and Forgiveness: Campaign NonViolence & WISeR PeaceMakers 2017

Dr. Edith Eva Eger, 2017 IRC Keynote


International speaker, and best selling  author Dr. Edith Eva Eger will share her inspiring story as a survivor of Auschwitz, and her incredible journey from Hungary to the United States, where she has risen to become an Eminent Psychologist, Best Selling Author, Human Dignity Advocate, and inspiring International Speaker. Dr. Eger has been featured on Oprah, TED Talks, and most recently offered the keynote for the California Legislature Annual Caucus. 

Edith Eger was sixteen years old when the Nazis came to her hometown in Hungary and took her Jewish family to an internment center and then to Auschwitz. Her parents were sent to the gas chamber by Joseph Mengele soon after they arrived at the camp. Hours later Mengele demanded that Edie dance a waltz to “The Blue Danube” and rewarded her with a loaf of bread that she shared with her fellow prisoners. These women later helped save Edie’s life.

One of the few living Holocaust survivors to remember the horrors of the camps, Edie has chosen to forgive her captors and find joy in her life every day. She combines her clinical knowledge and her own experiences with trauma to help others who have experienced painful events large and small.

Dr. Eger’s message is powerful and important:

Your pain matters and is worth healing: you can choose to be joyful and free.” 


Dr. Eger lectures frequently on the power of Love and healing. She is eighty-nine years old and still dancing.



Dr. Eger

Dr. Eger will offer tools you can use right away for developing your innate confidence, resiliency and supporting self-empowerment and healing from adversity. 


The Choice is a gift to humanity.  One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed. Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others.  She has found true freedom and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well. —DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

The Choice weaves Eger’s personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose to escape the prisons they construct in their minds and find freedom, regardless of circumstance.

In this extraordinary chronicle of heroism and healing, Dr. Eger shows us how to escape the prisons of our own minds . . . Millions of people can learn from Dr. Eger’s inspiring cases and shocking personal story as well as her profound clinical wisdom to heal their lives.”
PHILIP ZIMBARDO, PhD, Stanford professor emeritus of psychology and New York Times bestselling author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Today Dr. Eger is 89 years old. She maintains a busy clinical psychology practice in La Jolla, California, holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego, and regularly gives lectures around the country and abroad, also serving as a consultant for the United States Army and Navy in resiliency training and the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Eger inspires and empowers diverse audiences, from Navy SEALs to clergy and religious groups to medical professionals to survivors of domestic abuse. 






This is a part of a four day Conference on resiliency, healthy workplace initiatives, multiculturalism, trauma informed care, social justice, human dignity and the expressive arts.  
Sponsored by Western Institute for Social Research, A Premiere Academic Institution Celebrating 40+ Years of Social Justice in Education and Multicultural Studies
In partnership with ThinkRound, Ardicare Foundation, The Tanya Project, and New Workplace Institute, Together We Stand, ChuckThree Productions, Amelia Romano & ATB


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About the Organizer

A Multidisciplinary Conference Celebrating Multiculturalism and Social Justice and Non-VIolence. This year's Annual Conference will focus on themes of resiliency, trauma- informed care, social justice through human dignity and the use expressive arts therapies. ***CEU Credits offered for Healthcare Professionals, including Nurses, Administrators, Doctors, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Therapists, and Counselors. Sponsored by Western Institute for Social Research, Ardicare Foundation, ThinkRound Fine Arts Foundation, New Workplace Institute, The Tanya Project, And Then They Came for Us, The Choice, and Turning the Tide of Trauma.


Event Speakers


Eminent Psychologist, International Speaker, Best Selling Author

To some people, Dr. Edith Eva Eger lost everything in Auschwitz during the Holocaust; but to Dr. Edie, she gained an understanding and compassion for others which has given her a beautiful life. Join


Documentary Filmmaker, Producer, Clinical Psychologist

Born behind barbed wire at the Tule Lake Segregation Center during World War II, Dr. Ina is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento and founder of the


Professor Emeritus, Suffolk University of Law, Founder International New Workplace Institute

Dr. David Yamada, Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, is an internationally recognized authority on workplace bullying. His multidi


CEO Think Round Fine Arts, Arts Educator, Founder Global Center for the Human Family

Heidi Hardin’s twelve years of service as member of the Mayor’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee ignited a deep appreciation for public process and civic leadership by developing the sophisticated arts an


Founder, Ardicare Foundation; Founder Turning the Tide of Trauma CDSP Program

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Diana Canant has also lived, worked and studied in the UK and the USA. She has global experience as a trainer teaching cross-cultural communication, cult

Ronald Mah, M.A., L.M.F.T., Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Author, Advocate and Educator

Ronald Mah, therapist, educator, author & consultant combines concepts, principles, & philosophy with practical techniques and guidelines for effective and productive results.

Danish Qasim, M.F.T. WISR

WISR Researcher, Author, Educator, Human Dignity Advocate Founder "In Shayk's Clothing"

Danish graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2010 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. He is now completing his Master’s in education and community leadership at the Western Institute for Social Research in Be

Larry Berkelhammer Ph.D.

Larry Berkelhammer, PhD, Author, Educator, speaker, and talk show host covering explorations on the mind's impact on health.

Larry Berkelhammer’s book, In Your Own Hands—New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions is based on his doctoral research at WISR. From 1990 to 2012, he taught people living with chronic medi

David Young, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Author, Educator

David Young received his doctorate in psychology at Saybrook University in 1986 and worked as a psychologist for 20 years. He has taught numerous courses in individual and couples therapy, existentia

Uwe Blesching, Ph.D. WISR

Fillmmaker, Author, Journalist, Mind-Body Medicine

UWE BLESCHING is editor-in-chief of CHI Magazine and author of Spicy Healing: A Global Guide to Growing and Using Spices for Food and Medicine. He is a medical journalist and regular contributor in th

Marcia Campos, Tenured Professor Anthropology and Sociology

Professor Universidad Autonoma Ciudad Mexico (UNAM), Filmmaker, WISR Faculty

Political Sciences Doctorate Program U.N.A.M. – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 1978: Master of Arts in Sociology, FLACSO – The Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences. Mexico D.F. 1973: Ps

Oana Marcu, Ph.D.

Astrobiologist, SETI Institute, NASA Scientist, NASA Space Camp Founding Scientist

Oana has a PhD in biology and works at the Carl Sagan Center, SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center on biological projects for the International Space Station and astrobiology. She has taught

Richard Lawrence Ph.D.

Faculty Emeritus; Director, Institutional Development, WISR

Master of Divinity Degree in social ethics from the University of Chicago and post-graduate Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. A retired Methodist clergyman whose minis

Sherri Kimbell, Ph.D.

Program Director, CBEM

Sherri is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, majoring in Conservation & Resource Sciences. Sherri worked in the environmental / social justice movement in the Bay Area as a Camp

Sevgi Fernandez

Founder, Together We Stand

Sevgi began Together We Stand to unite people who were interested in advocating for social justice. After years of working with inner city and at risk youth in the Bay Area, Sevgi founded Diverse Worl

Sharon Caringal

Professor, Social Sciences University of the Philipines

Chair Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Gabriela Hofmeyer

Disability Rights Advocate

Gabriela testified before the US Congress during Bill Clinton’s administration under Secretary of Labor Robert Reich regarding workplace accommodation and the Family Medical Leave Act.