ICIS Salons

ICIS Salons bring people from diverse fields and backgrounds together for informal dialogue on a wide range of topics. The purpose of Salons is to deepen assimilation, understanding and appreciation of diverse human perspectives and to foster more integrative responses to critical issues.

Upcoming ICIS Salons

The schedule for the 2006 ICIS Salon series is below. Additional topics will be added during the year.

January 24, 2006
Diversity in a Divided World with Wayne C. Winborne.

May 7, 2006
An Inquiry into World Citizenship in a Time of Great Integrations and Great Divisions with Nancy Roof, Editor and Publisher of Kosmos.

September 19, 2006
The Power of Image with Leronid Lubianitsky and Lev Poliakov, photographers.

October 8, 2006
Media, Mystics, Musings with Rolland Smith, broadcast journalist and poet.

November 2006
Don't Lose your Temper - No One Wants to Find It - Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Anger and How to Harness
It with Dawson Ambosta, psychologist.

Salon Topics from the Past

Over the years, Salons have covered a broad range of topics. Topics from recent years are listed below:

April 5, 2005
The Creative Impulse: Antebellum African-American Women Artists
Lisa E. Farrington, PhD - Author and senior art historian at Parsons School of Design, New York
• Discussion of how, for centuries, African-American women artists have created an alternative vision of how women of culture can, are and might be represented in American Culture. Drawing from her 2005 book, Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists, Dr. Farrington led the discussion on how utilitarian objects as well as a wide array of fine arts serve up compelling evidence of the fundamental human need to convey one's life, one's emotions and one's experiences on a canvas of one's own making.

June 7, 2005
Capturing Life Energy - How to Enhance Your Health and Live a Long Life
Aristide H. Esser, M.D. - Psychiatrist on the staff of Rye Hospital Center; Research Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the New York University Medical School and Research Associate of the Nathan Kline Institute
• Discussion of Chi, the Chinese concept of Life Energy - how it can be kindled and released to optimize the operation of one's mind and lengthen one's life.

September 27, 2005
Collage, Culture and Society
Pavel Zoubok - Art historian and gallery owner
• Discussion of how the collage art form expresses the character of the twentieth century with clarity and immediacy. Collage is a mode of perception, a multi-dimensional language with aesthetic implications that span the histories of art, architecture, literature and theatre - engaging us with an immediacy that is distinct from other mediums.

October 30, 2005
Living Vicariously through Opera
Joseph Colaneri - Conductor of opera, oratorio and symphonic works, educator and lecturer
• Discussion of how the timelessness of opera is relevant to the conditions of life today and to the future

February 19, 2004
Images of Later Life
Msgr. Charles Fahey - Marie Ward Doty Professor of Aging Studies, Emeritus, Fordham University
• With the political and public policy conversations of the times largely concerned with alleviating the burdens of later life (question of health care, housing, financial support), this Salon focused on what is gained in the human experience of aging and what can be shared or given back. The discussion included how perspectives change as people age - connections to other generations, the mystery of life, sources of happiness, time and space and contributions to one's living community.

May 5, 2004
The Web of Life
Marcos Terena - Of the Terena people who live in the Pantanol Region of Matto Groso do Sur, Brazil, Marcos Terena is a leader working for the rights of indigenous peoples both in Brazil and internationally
• Marcos Terena shared his reflections under the theme of the web of life, discussing how much we do or do not understand of the operating systems of nature, the sustainability or not of ways in which we live and work, and the need for an evolutionary understanding of the interdependency of systems.

June 21, 2004
The Healing Meeting in the Life and Work of Martin Buber
Maurice Friedman, PhD - Professor Emeritus of religious studies, philosophy
and comparative literature at San Diego State University
• Discussion of the element of dialogical psychotherapy presented in his book, The Healing Dialogue in Psychotherapy and his other extensive writings on Martin Buber. Drawing upon his experience as professor of religious studies, philosophy and comparative literature and his book The Healing Dialogue in Psychotherapy, Professor Friedman discussed the potential for confirmation and healing through true dialogue and meeting.

September 14, 2004
A Conversation on Science and Consciousness
Hans-Peter Duerr - Member, Board of Directors of Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik, Munich
• Exploratory discussion of modern science and spirit, matter, and transcendence, and the implications of quantum physics on our perception of reality / the world / the universe.

October 24, 2004
The Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity's Future
Irene B. Seeland, MD - Psychiatrist, author and lecturer
• A discussion based on Duane Elgin's book Promise Ahead, particularly the human evolutionary journey and the role of humanity's responsibility for securing a viable and promising future.

March 9, 2003
The Sense of Being Stared At
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD - Biologist, researcher and writer
• Discussion of Professor Sheldrake's investigations of perceptions that don't seem to correlate to our known senses. Drawing on more than 4,500 case histories of "apparently unexplained perceptiveness by people and by nonhuman animals," Dr. Sheldrake suggest that certain scientific beliefs are so widely taken for granted that they are no longer regarded as theories but are seen as scientific common sense. His book, The Sense of Being Started At, explores the intricacies of the mind and discovers that our perceptive abilities are stronger than many of us could have imagined.

June 26, 2003
On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
Tony Stern, MD - Psychiatrist
• Discussion drawing from Simon Wiesenthal's personal history in the book The Sunflower which reveals the complexity and depth of the question of forgiveness and raises personal, moral and religious issues.

October 28, 2003
Chaos and Order
David Appelbaum and Martin Barrett - Editors of Parabola Magazine
• Discussion of the dance of chaos and order in history and mythology and the nature of this interrelationship. Discussion focused also on whether understandings have changed over time and whether creative development requires both order and chaos.

November 30, 2003
On Hope
Lamar Carter, Steven Knoblauch, PhD, William J. Paul, PhD and Irene Seeland, MD - Consulting Advisors and Associates of Hope Consulting Services, ICIS Center for A Science of Hope
• Discussion of perspectives as to what hope is and is not. Hope perspectives are diverse and enriched in flavor as expressed by various disciplines or fields. Research is showing how hope is increasingly recognized as a driving force - or energy in human affairs. The discussion engaged in an exploration of the role hope plays in the life of the human individual and in the institutions we create.

October 3, 2002
Reflections on Memory Fields
Slomo Breznitz, PhD - Lady Davis Professor of Psychology and the Founding Director of the R. D. Wolfe Centre for the Study of Psychological Stress, University of Haifa
• Discussion of fear and anxiety and the effects of hope on coping with stress, drawing on Professor Breznitz's book, Memory Fields, in which he drew on his experiences upon being placed in a Sisters of Saint Vincent orphanage just hours before his parents were taken to Auschwitz.

Other topics from past salons included: