AULA Sponsors “Dreaming Beyond Whiteness” Event
Antioch University Los Angeles is sponsoring a unique community gathering entitled “Dreaming Beyond Whiteness.” Social Dreaming will be used to help guide AULA’s approach to future curriculum development that is increasingly sensitive to socio-cultural diversity. Social Dreaming is a technique of community dream sharing based on a synthesis of contemporary psychoanalytic and ancient shamanic views of the transformative power of dreams for communities. On this occasion Social Dreaming participants will consider the theme of whiteness: for example, white supremacy as a cultural norm and the unconscious hold this may have on our community, including our educational system. The two-day event is Friday, May 31, 2013 from 7 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 10 am to 3 pm on the Antioch University Los Angeles campus.
“Social dreaming is a unique way of bringing the community together. Each person is invited to share a dream, or associate to another’s dream; however, no one’s particular dream is analyzed or interpreted,” says Matthew Silverstein, PhD, Director of the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization within the graduate Clinical Psychology program. “Rather, the dreaming process takes on a life of its own and begins to offer beautiful and sometimes troubling stark truths about what is on the community’s mind. Out of the process we hope that next steps in this community effort toward novel curriculum development and related projects will emerge.”
The Friday evening session will provide an orientation to Social Dreaming, background of the event, and the first round of social dreaming. On Saturday, the community will participate in dream sharing, engage in exercises to help synthesize the dream material, and consider future needed steps.
The weekend is facilitated by Silverstein and George Bermudez, PhD, director of the Child Studies Specialization, who have been collaborating on utilizing social dreaming to provide a venue for the community to look to dreams for guidance.
“Dreaming Beyond Whiteness” is co-sponsored by the AULA Diversity Committee, and the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization, a program dedicated to training integrative psychotherapists who can utilize key skills from Western depth psychology and Eastern classical mindfulness. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments and buffet lunch served Saturday. Attendance at both sessions is recommended and Continuing Education credits are being offered to LCSW’s and LMFT’s. RSVP to email@example.com
About Antioch University Los Angeles
Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. AULA, a not-for-profit institution and part of the Antioch University system, has served the greater Los Angeles area for 40 years. The core values of social justice, service to the community and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the BA degree completion program and master’s degree programs in Organizational Management, Education and Teacher Credentialing, Psychology, Creative Writing, and Urban Sustainability.
Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. www.AntiochLA.edu