2017 Annual Conference

A Multidisciplinary Conference Celebrating Multiculturalism and Social Justice: WISR’s 9th Annual Conference.

WISR’s 2017 Annual Conference focused on themes of resiliency, trauma- informed care, social justice through human dignity and the use expressive arts therapies.

WISR’s Annual Conference was part of the week of Nationwide Nonviolent Actions organized by Campaign Nonviolence.

WISR was proud to have been joined by the following co-sponsors of our 9th Annual Conference:  

  • Davillier-Sloan Labor Management Consultants; WISR Board Member and Doctoral Student, Jake Sloan, author of Standing Tall: Willie Long and the Mare Island Original 21ers
  • Center for Critical Environmental and Global Literacy (CCEGL)

And, the following partners for the conference: 

  • Campaign Nonviolence: Building a Culture of Peace
  • Think Round Fine Arts Foundation Paradise Project
  • The Tanya Project: Medical-Legal Partnership for Women with Breast and Reproductive Cancers
  • And Then They Came for Us: A Film by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider Featuring George Takei
  • The Choice: Embrace the Impossible, A Memoir by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
  • Aisla Gallery Online
  • ChuckThree Productions | Photo & Video Production Services for Your Community & Beyond
  • Ardicare Foundation: Turning the Tide of Trauma
  • The New Workplace Institute: Promoting Healthy, Productive and Socially Responsible Workplaces
  • Together We Stand: Dismantling Racism, Discrimination, and Police Brutality through education, advocacy, and legislation
  • Bookshop West Portal (San Francisco)
  • The Ecumenical Peace Institute (Berkeley)

Saturday Evening’s Featured Session–Keynote Speakers, Book Signing and Film Screening–was held at the Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter Street, two blocks from Union Square in San Francisco.

All other sessions were at the Western Institute for Social Research [www.wisr.edu/welcome ], 2930 Shattuck Ave., Suite 300, Berkeley, near Ashby and Shattuck. 

All Conference Photos are Courtesy of Mark Snaer, WISR Master’s Student!

Photos from Thursday Evening Session–Presenters, Dr. Ronald Mah and Danish Qasim

Photos from Friday Morning Session, Dr. Young and Dr. Berkelhammer




ALSO PARTICIPATING ON THE PANEL:  Andrea Turner, WISR Doctoral Student, Long-time activist and head of the Senior Companion Program and the Foster Grandparent Program for the City of Oakland, Department of Aging. Over the years, Andrea has served on the boards of a number of organizations dedicated to social justice, including KPFA Radio Station and A Safe Place (shelter for battered women), among others.

Photos from Friday Early Afternoon Session on Racism and Social Justice (from left to right:  Heather Watkins, Sevgi Fernandez, Andrea Turner, John Bilorusky)




Friday, September 22, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Celebrating the 100th Birthday of the Late WISR Board Member and internationally respected Chilean Scholar, Poet and Activist, Fernando Alegria.

Remembrances of Fernando, and discussion of his legacy, were led by WISR Board member, Marcia Campos, MA, who advocates for further connections between the US and Latin American countries and for a world free of threat of nuclear annihilation. 

This was followed by showing the Film, Viva Chile M, on the life and work of Fernando Alegria, produced by the filmmakers WISR PhD alumnus, Uwe Blesching and Marcia Campos.

Marcia Campos at the conference      






Dr. Marcu (right) at the Conference with WISR Master’s student, Dalia Liang (left) 

In Photos:  Christy Whitten, Sajad Shakoor.












Sharon Caringal presenting at the conference–her power point presentation can be viewed here


Photos from Saturday Evening:

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Eger



Dr. David Yamada on Workplace Bullying

Dr. Yamada and Dr. Eger










Saturday Evening’s Audience












Registration Table and Welcome









Dr. Satsuki Ina, discussing the featured film, And Then They Came for Us














John Bilorusky welcomes everyone to the featured Saturday evening event at this year’s annual conference, as part of WISR’s 42 year commitment to education in support of social justice and multiculturalism.

Janet and John Bilorusky