Graduate Program Director
Abstracts are due by 8/13/14.
Dr. Gilbert Garza, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of Dallas
Levinas teaches us that we are each radically separate, and that the Other stands above us and teaches us from an unfathomable dimension of height. As proof of our separation, Levinas normalizes our “living from” the world and the “coiling” of our inherent movement towards ourselves in enjoyment. It is because I can be immersed in the movement of this “coiling” in enjoyment and sensibility that I am also capable of being interrupted in this movement by the Face of the Other, who cannot be consumed or incorporated by me. In these moments, we are surprised with the surplus and the excess of the Other, who resists my totalization and my meanings and “founds truth.”
In the modern world, we are surrounded by meanings and symbols that lay significant claims to our time and attention, leaving us aching for connection, hungry for sacred interruption. Technology and modes of communication paradoxically collapse global distances while exposing us to feelings of estrangement from one another. Our distracted concerns with the past and the future often alienate us from the present. In this year’s seminar, we invite you to consider the modern dilemmas and contexts of our separation from each other in the “coiling” of enjoyment. How can our practices of research, psychotherapy, and day-to-day living lead to increased opportunities for sacred interruption by the Face of the Other? How can we continue to cultivate the ongoing search for mystery in the radical alterity of the Face?
This year, we are pleased to welcome as our keynote speaker Dr. Gilbert Garza, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of Dallas. His interest in psychological research rooted in the phenomenological philosophy of Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty was decisive in his pursuit of an M.A. (1989) and ultimately a Ph.D. (1996) in phenomenological psychology at Duquesne University. Professor Garza has authored several articles on phenomenological research methods in psychology, as well as on technology and its impact on human experience. His recent research has centered on the role of the Internet (specifically, of social networking sites like Facebook) in social experience. He has also written about and taught the ethical philosophy of Levinas and its practical and theoretical implications for phenomenological psychological research.
For more information, contact Claire LeBeau (email@example.com) or George Kunz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Levinas Seminar Organizing Committee for 2014: George Kunz, Claire LeBeau, Kristin Beck, Molly Cvetovac, Sean Duncan, Katherine Enos, Lejla Madfai, Jason Summers.
Schedule of the 2014 Psychology for the Other Seminar
Nov. 7th 5:00 -9:00pm
– STCN 130
– 6:30 – Reception – Pizza and Wine
– 7:30 – Second Year Student Levinas Panel – Leo Kiralla, Lucas Trout,
Katherine Enos, Sam Kennedy, Jason, Angela
– 8:15 – Research Presentation – Leo Kiralla – Levinas and Pedagogy: Thinking through a
new paradigm shift towards “student-centered” education.
– 9:00 – Research Presentation – Lucas Trout – Toward an Ethnographic Psychology and
a more Loving Model for Research
Nov. 8th – Casey Commons
– 9:00 - Claire LeBeau will welcome and introduce Keynote
session. 9:00—10:10: Keynote - Gilbert
Garza – Standing and Falling: Exploring the
on a Phenomenological Perspective
2nd session. 10:20—11:05:– Eric Severson - Beyond Protagony: Levinas, Psychology and
3rd session 11:15—12:00: Cynthia Engel and Claire LeBeau
– Sacred Interruption, Resistance, and Sleepy
Response: The literal Call of the Other,
a baby, in the middle of the night
and a parent’s struggle to respond.
12:10—12:55: Joanne Dorpat Halverson – A
5th session. 1:50—2:35: George Kunz and Gilbert Garza Moderated
Discussion – Contributions, Challenges, and Contrasts: Bringing Heidegger and Levinas into conversation about research
2:45—3:30: Brittany Landrum – Encountering
the Rabbit as Other: Exploring Levinas’ Rupture
session. 3:40—4:25: Shannon Solie – Opening Heart and Self to the Other: An
Experiential Story from the Therapy Room
8th session. 4:35—5:20: Erica Freeman – Need is Not a Lack:
Levinas in the Role of Eating in the
Break 5:20 – 5:30
9th session. 5:30 – 6:15 – Ryan Mest – Echoes of Epicurus: The early Levinas.
Gala Banquet Dinner. Casey Commons 7:00—9:00
Sunday Nov. 9th – Casey Commons
session. 9:00—9:45: Joe Guppy – “My
Fluorescent God” presentation and discussion.
session. 9:55—10:40: Ed Durgan -
Psychotherapy and solidarity with the vulnerable other: from
sacred interruption to global liberation
session. 10:50—11:35: Laurent Turgeon-Dharmoo - A
Study of Case and a Case Study
session. 11:45—12:30: Jillian Hart, Marvin McDonald, Jehan White – We-ness and Couples: A shift to becoming more fully human.
session. 1:30—2:15: Paul Johnson – Whispering
Around Silence: Finding Gestures of Acceptance as a New Therapist
session. 2:25—3:10 Jeff Grant – I can hear you thinking:
Listening and “uncoiling” through Aesthetic Contact in Teletherapy
session. 3:20—4:05 – Yehuda Rapoport and
Rodrigo Reyes – Faith and Loneliness: A
journey towards community
Closing - Open Session. 4:05