Summer Session Recap

August 22, 2013

As PSR begins a new academic year, we pause to celebrate the conclusion of a successful Summer Session ( Intensive courses and workshops were held in July and August, on campus, online, and at UCC Syond in Long Beach.  Over 200 scholars from PSR, the GTU, and across the country came to study and learn in over 20 courses.

The Tuesday Night Talks lecture series in Berkeley was a huge success again this year, with over 250 lecture attendees.  This year saw the introduction of our new South Bay Summer Lecture Series in partnership with First Congregational Church of San Jose & the United Disciples Fellowship. Bringing lecturers from PSR to the South Bay was well received and helped to generate excitement for future PSR connections in San Jose and beyond.

Some of the highlights for this year’s Summer Session include

  • Tafa Musasu (President, Kanana Fou Theological Seminary, American Samoa) and Randi Walker's collaboration course History of Christianity in the Pacific Region, where students from 6 different countries engaged in deep dialogue and exploration of commonalities and differences across the Pacific region. 
  • Pat Schneider (pictured w/ her class, 2nd from left) celebrated 30 years teaching creative writing at PSR and she plans to expand this tradition by introducing local AWA instructors to the campus next summer.
  • PSR staff and students hosted and co-produced the Bay Area Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington August 17, bringing together youth and veterans of the Civil Rights movement for rich dialogue. 
  • And PSR's attention to spirituality and social change led to a rich course in Dialogue as a Spiritual Practice co-taught by UC Berkeley faculty and staff from the Cal Corps Public Service Center.

Laurie Isenberg, Director of Community and Continuing Education, stated there was “[exceptional] synergy between and among students and faculty this year. Students and faculty shared conversation with visiting faculty from Kanana Fou Theological Seminary in American Samoa (, Iliff School of Theology (, University of Chicago Divinity School (, and Mexico City's Universidad Iberoamericana ( - right here at home."

Looking forward to next year, Summer Session will be include more community-oriented weekend seminars with the hope of allowing even more people to participate. Connecting with PSR’s new direction, there will be a more conscious integration of social change and spirituality.

For additional information about this year’s courses, lectures and to sign up for the Summer Session mailing list to keep updated about the changes coming for 2014, go to