public programs past
Detail from Imprint of History /
Impresión de Historia
By Claudia Bernardi
Fresco on paper, 30" x 60", 1997.
From the collection of Deborah Cullinam
When History Wakes
Cultural and Ecological Memory


A Conference with
Susan Griffin, Robin Kelley, David Bona, Aaron Kipnis, Helene Lorenz, Mary Watkins, and Pacifica Depth Program
Students & Alumni

October 15–17, 2004
Santa Barbara, California

“We forget that we are history. We have kept the left hand from knowing the right…. We are not used to associating our private lives with public events. Yet the histories of families cannot be separated from the histories of nations. To divide them is part of our denial.”
—Susan Griffin, A Chorus of Stones

Americans are said to suffer from social amnesia, quick to forget the cultural past, hungrily turning toward the future as a site for potential acquisition and individual fulfillment. Psychotherapy has largely colluded with this amnesia, encouraging us to work with our individual histories as though they were detached from culture and nature, as though healing was only a matter of individual work. Traumatic cultural and ecological events, however, leave footprints on the soul. Depth psychology asks us to attune to symptoms, footprints, as a way to open what has been repressed and unworked about the past so that we may more creatively engage the present and future. Liberation psychologies ask how the forgetting of our cultural histories has affected us as individuals and communities, determining in part how we treat each other and the natural world. Using depth and liberation psychologies we will follow individual and cultural symptoms to the histories that need to be retrieved, told, and integrated, exploring how we can create the necessary social spaces to invite their stories.

This conference will feature Susan Griffin, Robin Kelley, David Bona, Helene Lorenz, Aaron Kipnis, Mary Watkins and Pacifica Depth Program students and alumni who are on the forefront of radical imagination, expanding our capacities for rethinking past, present, and future. Workshops on the use of liberation arts and dialogue will be offered to train participants on how to open social spaces to host cultural and ecological memory. Activists on the front lines of this restorative work will speak about work in their communities, allowing us to witness the theories and practices of liberation psychologies and arts in the making.

The Conference is co-sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute's Community and Ecological Fieldwork and Research Council of the Depth Psychology Program and the Public Programs Department.

Conference Program
The conference will be held at La Casa de Maria on Ladera Lane in Santa Barbara, a residential retreat center located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The center has lodging and dining facilities as well as a swimming pool and hiking trails.

Registration and check-in for the conference will be held on Friday afternoon from 4:00-5:30 pm. Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and exchange through small working/discussion groups that will continue to meet throughout the conference. We encourage you to participate in the on-site meal plan. Following the Saturday evening dinner, the program will begin at 6:30 pm. The conference will end on Sunday at 12:45 pm.

Saturday's program includes three sessions with multiple concurrent presentations to choose from. Space in each of the presentations is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate your choices on the registration form.

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 15
4:00–5:30 Conference Registration and Check-in
Access to On-site Pacifica Bookstore
Steve Aizenstat, President
6:45–8:15Susan Griffin
The Ground of Memory and the Soul's Circumference
Response by Robin Kelley 
8:30–8:45Pegi Avakian 
Circle of Love:
The Candle Dance of Historic Armenia
8:45–9:45Lou Montgomery
Kali's Follies
Saturday, October 16
8:00–8:45 Breakfast and
Access to On-site Pacifica Bookstore
8:50–9:00 Welcome
David Bona, Chair,
Depth Psychology Program

Helene Lorenz

Mary Watkins
Nomadic Identity


Acknowledging and Healing Wounding by Race and Ethnic Constructs

Shelley Tockluk Gottfred
Perceiving Whiteness:
Possibilities for Collective Healing

Gordon Lee
Psychological Wounding and Liberation:
The Displacement and Resistance of
Asian American Communities in the Bay Area

Jennifer Selig
To Save the Soul of America:
The Unfinished Mission of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Siri Singh
In Search of Soul


(concurrent presentations; choose one)

Brent Blair
Theatre of the Oppressed

Constance Buck
Tolerating the Intolerable: Sociodramatic Methods to Heal Dissociative Cultural Trauma

Participation in a reading of Susan Griffin's play based
on the art of Claudia Bernardi;
workshop participants will do a reading in the evening

Tayria Ward
Listening to the Collective Voice in Dialogue


(concurrent presentations; choose one)

Ismana Carney
Native American Spirituality Behind Bars

Craig Chalquist
Cortez in Our Complexes: Acting Out Now as Acting Back Here

Melinda Harthcock
Caring as a Subversive Activity: Breaking the Silence

Michael Martella
Cult Wounds, Cult Healing

Ruth Meyer
Clio's Circle: Historians Who Dare to Embrace the Unconscious


(concurrent presentations; choose one)

Susan Laskowski
Memories, Nightmares, Reflections: Dancing with Incest

Anthony Palombit
Footprints of Internalized Homophobia

Patsy Shealy
Military Children: Collateral Damage in the 'War Within the Warrior'

Sylvia Villareal
Reshaping Cultural Identities: Emerging Voices from the Borderlands

6:30–6:45Delia Moon
Banjo Music and Memory
6:45–8:15Robin Kelley
Liberating Memories: Social Movements and the Power of History
Response by Susan Griffin
Improvised reading of Susan Griffin's play based on Claudia Bernardi's art
Sunday, October 17

Breakfast and Access to
On-site Pacifica Bookstore


9:00–9:25Aaron Kipnis
Juvenile Justice as Dismemberment by Cultural Disassociation
9:30–9:55David Bona
Ritual Heals
10:00–10:25Liz Murphy
Will You Wake For Pity's Sake?
10:50–11:10Tim LaSalle
Visions of Sustainable Environments through Experiencing
Past Destruction of Ecosystems
11:10–11:30Laura Mitchell
An Eco-imaginal Approach to Issues of Identity and Land Conservation
11:45–12:45Closing Remarks and Spiral Council

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