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Social Therapeutics for Performance Activists and Other Social Change Leaders | Sept 2019

Sun, September 1, 2019

through Tues, June 30, 2020

Social Therapeutics for Performance Activists and Other Social Change Leaders: An immersion program in social therapeutics for performance activists and other social change leaders

A 10-Month Residency & Online Program

Dates: Sept 2019 — June 2020
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For more information, including dates, applications and scholarship forms, contact: Lois Holzman, Director, East Side Institute, email [email protected]

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An immersion program in social therapeutics for performance activists and other social change leaders

For practitioners and academics with a range of educational and life experiences, and a passion for innovation.

With deepening social, environmental and political crises worldwide, many who want to make a difference in the world are finding that they need new tools to make social change, to grow, and to develop their communities.

The East Side Institute’s International Class is a 10-month immersion in creative and cultural approaches to human development, learning, and social change. The course introduces and examines social therapeutics, a philosophically informed, practically oriented method in which human beings develop themselves while building the ensemble, group and community. Social therapeutics has influenced both the postmodern and cultural-historical, activity-theoretic movements in psychology, education, community and organizational development. And as a unique synthesis of individual and community development, social therapeutics has unlimited potential to reinvigorate social activists and re-initiate developmental social change.

The International Class offers participants the opportunity to create a global support network, to engage the philosophical, political and psychological issues of their practices and to study as developmentalists.

Hear what our alumni say:
I've experienced first hand the value of the International Class. It is a life changing, developmentally powerful course. It's fantastic and I hope others participate!

--Nicola Pauling, community theatre practitioner, New Zealand 

A Zone of Development

Designed and led by Institute co-founder Lois Holzman, the program provides a unique opportunity for practitioners and scholars from the US and internationally to:

  • explore the Institute's cutting-edge, developmental, performatory methodology, its 40-year history and on-the-ground practical relevance today
  • create a developmental learning environment unique to your cohort 
  • examine ideological and non-ideological forms of activism and ways to create something new with differences
  • participate in innovative educational, cultural and community-building programs throughout New York City
  • develop and receive support to advance your own projects and research; build international ties and support networks

Hear what our alumni say: 

I've been a school principal for 25 years, and now work with teachers from four different countries and students representing six different nationalities. The International Class helped me find a path toward creating relational and emotional activities which keep me developing -- independent of ideology, truth, labels and programmatics. I am immensely grateful to Lois Holzman, who gave me back the pleasure of learning and teaching in the classroom.

--Qazi Abdur Rahman, school principal, Oman

A Flexible Structure and Curriculum

  • Residencies. The International Class meets in New York City at the Institute three times (in September, February and June) and includes observations of social therapeutic group activities, improv classes, workshops and seminars. Also included are site visits to cultural, educational and political change organizations that the Institute works with closely. 
  • At Home. In between residencies, students continue their studies from home via online seminars and teleconferencing. 

Seminar and Workshop Topics for In-Person Residencies and Online Study include:

  • The Politics, Philosophy and Psychology of Social Therapeutics
  • Breakthroughs in Youth Development
  • Performance Activism
  • The Postmodernizing of Marx, Vygotsky and Wittgenstein
  • Play, Performance, Learning and Development
  • Improvisation and Theater
  • Community Organizing
  • Independent Fundraising

Hear what our alumni say:
The activity-based theory, the performative approach and the emphasis on community building are the key elements of a psychology that blurs the distinctions between clinic, politics and the arts.

--Murilo Moscheta, psychologist, Brazil

Hear what our alumni say:
The International Class has made me learn to challenge some of my old beliefs and to peel away the rigid self-image that we all try to portray. The cultural and economic differences of students in the program gave us an even broader viewpoint on all the topics that were discussed.

--Ishita Sanyal, psychologist, India

Applications for the 2019-20 program will be accepted through June 15. Tuition is $3,800; and is payable in installments. A limited number of full and partial tuition scholarships are available.

Obtaining a US visa is a lengthy process! We urge those who require a visa to get their applications in early.

For more information, including dates, applications and scholarship forms, contact:
Lois Holzman, Director, East Side Institute, email [email protected]

The East Side Institute is an international education and research center for new approaches to human development and community building. We develop and promote practices that relate to people of all ages as social performers of their lives. Please visit www.eastsideinstitute.org