September 21-24, 2017 WISeR 9th Annual Multidisciplinary Celebration Event
Saturday September 23 6 pm, Join WISeR in San Francisco for an Evening with Dr. Edith Eva Eger and "The CHOICE"
Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, 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.
In The Choice, 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. Dr. Edie is part of the Idea Architects Collective of thought and culture shifters. Her story of survival, freedom, and 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.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22
- Friday late afternoon Arts and Social Change/Justice. 100th Anniversary Birthday Memorial Celebration of WISR Board Member, Scholar, Activist and Poet the late Fernando Alegria. Film, discussion presented by WISR Ph.D. Uwe Blesching and Marcia Campos ¡Viva Chile M ...!
Friday Evening 6 p.m. : "In Utero", In UTERO examines the connection between the science of epigenetics and the impact of “unconscious” memories throughout our lives. presented by Dr. Oana Marcu, PhD Biology; Oana works at the Carl Sagan Center, SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center International Space Station as an Astrobiologist. Dr. Marcu has taught courses in developmental biology and is also a Systems-Oriented Traumatologist hosted at WISR in Berkeley.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23
- Saturday Morning 9:30 a.m.- Noon: Multidisciplinary Panel: Hosted at WISR in Berkeley Memoir Writing, Personal Transformation and Social Change
Collaboratives Presentation 12:30-2:00 p.m. Presentations and Papers, Discussion Professor Sharon Caringal, Social Sciences; University of the Philipines "Developing Resilience in Conflict-Affected Communities"
Saturday Afternoon 2 p.m.- 3 p.m. : Refreshment, socializing until 3 p.m.
Special Film Screening and Discussion
And Then They Came for Us Dr. Satsuki Ina, Ph.D. presents this pioneering film, and her work as activist, filmmaker and social justice advocate. Marines Memorial Theatre, Union Square San Francisco
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24
- 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
Saturday, September 23, 2017 6 pm: Dr. Edith Eva Eger, Keynote Speaker
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 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. She has appeared on numerous television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show and a recent CNN special commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Dr. Edie will offer a book signing at the Saturday Keynote Event.
Film Screening and Talk with Filmmaker and Social Justice Activist Satsuki Ina shares her insight as social justice activist and her pioneering work as filmmaker, producer, writer and clinical psychologist.
AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US – Trailer
As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which was signed by President Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, the film documents through the use of photos taken by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and others, the damage this order did to 120,000 people, two thirds of whom were American citizens. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, And Then They Came for Us, demonstrates the importance of speaking up and serves as a cautionary tale.
Dr. Ina is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento. She was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, an American concentration camp, during WWII. As a licensed psychotherapist, her primary clinical work has focused on intergenerational families struggling with legacies of trauma. Her research on the long-term impact of the WWII incarceration on the Japanese American family, has led her to produce two award winning documentary films, Children of the Camps, and From A Silk Cocoon. Both documentaries have been broadcast nationally on PBS. She is a community activist, educator, and spokesperson advocating for social justice. She currently continues her psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, California, addressing issues of community and historical trauma.
Dr. David Yamada, Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, will discuss the intersection of workplace bullying and mobbing behaviors with psychological trauma.
Professor Yamada is an internationally recognized authority on workplace bullying. His model workplace bullying legislation, the Healthy Workplace Bill, serves as the template for law reform efforts across the U.S. His multidisciplinary work on work abuse includes collaborations with the American Psychological Association, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, and the Workplace Bullying Institute.
Professor Yamada has earned degrees from Valparaiso University (B.A.), SUNY-Empire State College (M.A.), New York University School of Law (J.D.), and WISR (Ph.D.). He serves on the WISR board of directors.
Diana Canant and Heidi Hardin present their work in developing a global grassroots community care initiative, Turning the Tide , a movement designed as a non-pathologizing, non-medical approach to utilizing the innate wisdom we all have within us to heal, recover and build resiliency. The Center for Human Family Paradise Project envisions a global movement wherein the innate wisdom of all the world's cultures and peoples come together as one human family, through the Expressive Arts, Grassroots Educational Initiatives and Global Conflict Resolution.
Fine Artist, Educator and speaker Heidi Hardin presents her expressive arts therapy and visionary peacemaking initiative Paradise Project: Global Center for the Human Family
Human Family Tree/A Walk through Paradise…, (Paradise...) is an evocation of the universality of the human family through a multimedia meditation on the experiences we share, regardless of faith, culture, or ethnicity.
As a fine artist working in Southeast San Francisco community arts for the past twenty years, I have taught art and environmental science to children about the clean up and reuse of Hunters Point Shipyard. From this work and the thousands of children I have taught, I learned that no matter how traumatic or toxic one’s childhood might have been, there are those (visible and invisible) willing and able to help with the clean up and reuse of one’s life. My awareness of and trust in these processes were the heart of staying resilient as a human being while facing the darkest realities of my past, accepting them, and developing emotional maturity. --Heidi Hardin
The focus on resilience for this conference is extremely empowering, positive, hopeful. It articulates a goal... hope... a positive outcome and acknowledges strength, rather than weakness... wholeness rather than brokenness.--Diana Canant "
Strong communities help individuals to heal. Strong individuals help communities to heal." -from Turning the Tide of Trauma
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.
In partnership with ThinkRound, Ardicare Foundation, The Tanya Project, and New Workplace Institute, Together We Stand, ChuckThree Productions