Category Archives: The International Class

International Class alumni partner to bring art and development to Ciudad Juárez

This just in from International Class (2012/13) alumna and PTW 2014 Organizing Committee powerhouse, Sandra Paola Lopez, reporting on a recent collaboration with fellow International Class colleagues in Juarez, Mexico: This March, in2improv joined efforts with the Fred Newman Center to bring a … Continue reading

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Christine LaCerva and Paul Carlin to present @ ‘Beyond the Therapeutic State’ in Norway

Social Therapy Group director Christine LaCerva and Enerhaugen Family Counselling Services clinical psychologist Paul Carlin will be presenters at Beyond the Therapeutic State (Collaborative Practices for Individual and Social Change) in Drammen, Norway in June. The conference will draw participants from across the world who are … Continue reading

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Sanjay Kumar’s Pandies Theatre featured in TDR (The Drama Review)

International Class (2012) alumnus Sanjay Kumar has a new article in the Winter 2013 issue of TDR (The Drama Review) entitled, Performing on the Platform:  Creating Theatre with India’s Platform Children. TDR is the prestigious performance studies journal edited by Richard Schechner, one of the pioneers of the … Continue reading

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New International Class makes first visit to NYC

The Institute welcomed its 2013-2014 International Class, which gathered in New York City for a week of whirlwind activity. The smiling faces in the photo above belong to (front row, l. to r.) Jelena Aleksic (Serbia), Ksenija Milic (Serbia), Lois Holzman (ESI director, NYC), … Continue reading

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Violence or tolerance? New book looks at conflict as opportunity for development

This just in from our International Class colleague (class of 2013) Jorge Burciaga Montoya @jorgeburciaga:  The Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez hosted a book publishing party last week for (another) International Class alumnus Miguel Cortés Vázquez (class of 2008) and co-author and colleague Teresa Almada … Continue reading

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Japanese colleagues try out performance of revolutionary conversationalists

Thirteen educators, psychologists, researchers and graduate students from universities across Japan recently completed a two-month online seminar with Lois Holzman, in which they pursued the study of performatory, developmental methodology and its Vygotskian roots. Entitled, Social Therapeutics: Breaking Through Alienation and Reinitiating Development, the course … Continue reading

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Syed Mizanur Rahman reports on Daffodil U. expansion in Dhaka

Here’s a report  from International Class (2007) alumnus Syed Mizanur Rahman, Director of Student Affairs and the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at Daffodil International University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The university recently completed construction of a permanent campus outside the city. Syed presided over the … Continue reading

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Holmes introduces improv to Harvard grad students

Dr. Raquell Holmes, a graduate of The International Class in 2011, recently led a professional development workshop with grad students in the Systems Biology research program at Harvard University. The workshop — which introduced performance and improvisation as a modality … Continue reading

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Chris Reyman and Sandra Paola Lopez are in2 improv

  International Class members and artists/educators Chris Reyman  and Sandra Paola López are the creators of  in2 improv, a creative arts/community building project which draws heavily on music, movement and dance to help participants discover their social connectedness. Says Reyman: We think of ourselves … Continue reading

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International Class 2012-13: Playful, philosophical agents of social change

On the heels of Performing the World, October 4-7,  and vibrant conversations on performance and social change, the Institute’s 2012-2013 International Class convened in New York City for the first of three residencies.  Members of this playful and passionate class of … Continue reading

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Crazytown creator, Jude Treder-Wolff, interviews Carrie Lobman

Creative arts therapist and performance artist, Jude Treder-Wolff interviewed the Institute’s Carrie Lobman, for a column, entitled: The Radical Collaboration Made Possible Through Play, which appeared on the online news hub, Long Island Inter-personal Relationships Examiner.  Treder-Wolff is the creator of the one-woman show, Crazytown, and … Continue reading

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Kolkata-based therapeutic community, Turning Point, turns 14

Ishita Sanyal (a 2008 alumna of the Institute’s International Class) reports that her Kolkata-based community mental health organization, Turning Point, turned 14 this past month. The community celebrated its achievements at offering the mentally ill of Kolkata “Livelihood & Meaningful … Continue reading

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Holzman reports on trip to Serbia — challenging hold of societal identities…

Institute director Lois Holzman reports at LoisHolzman.org on a recent visit to Serbia which included activities with colleagues old and new. As she has since 1997, Holzman attended annual meetings of Zdravo da Ste (“Hi Neighbor”) — a group of 100+ psychologists, educators, … Continue reading

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Peter Nsubuga Inspires Donors at Fall Ctty Meeting and Fundraiser

International Class alumnus and Hope for Youth Uganda founder Peter Nsubuga joined director Lois Holzman and All Stars Project co-founder and UX dean Lenora Fulani as a special guest presenter at the Institute’s fall community meeting and fundraiser on Sunday, November 13. (Fulani, who is also … Continue reading

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All over the world — innovation and experimentation

The new issue of the Institute’s Reports from the Field newsletter reports on the latest projects of colleagues worldwide. Lois Holzman, director, comments: Our friends… are innovating and experimenting with play, performance, social therapeutics and other unorthodox methods of education, public health, psychological … Continue reading

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Performance as Therapy for children in Delhi’s Pandies’ Theatre

Sanjay Kumar, founder and artistic director of Delhi’s Pandies’ Theatre, is in NYC this week for the fall residency of the Institute’s International Class. His workshop at the Institute on Saturday, Sept. 24, offered participants a look at the therapeutic/ … Continue reading

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Miguel E. Cortés Vazquez to present at Tijuana conference on therapeutic work

2007-8 International Class alumnus, Miguel E. Cortés Vazquez, will present on his work at the Fred Newman Center for Social Therapy in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, at a conference on Community Praxis in Tijuana in October. The title of his presentation is La Terapia Social … Continue reading

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