Eileen Mejia, communication studies faculty, will lead a retreat for Universal Unitarians in Seabeck, Wash., in May 2015.
Dr. Jennifer Sasser's article, Transforming Trauma through Reflection and Praxis, was published in the peer-reviewed journal SAGE Open in May 2014.
In her abstract, Dr. Sasser writes:
What happens when the issues of the human condition one has been teaching and theorizing about become issues in one's life-world, even become a totalizing force that seeps through the boundaries around and between the "personal" and the "professional"? What happens when one is not only teaching about the challenges of grown-up-hood, balancing adult relationships, family caregiving, work responsibilities, and personal development but is suddenly faced with an event which forces one to confront competing responsibilities and make meaning of an existential emergency? In this hybrid essay—a combination of mini-memoir, testimony and scholarly discourse—my central preoccupation is an unexpected crisis and how I engaged the possibilities and limitations of my professional knowledge as an educational gerontologist with a commitment to critical theory and came to more fully embrace the principles of critical gerontology, intentionally dissolving the boundaries between "work" and "life."
SAGE Open is an open access publication from SAGE. It publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.
Jennifer Sasser leads the gerontology program and Department of Human Sciences at Marylhurst University. She teaches several courses in aging and the life course, and she maintains a blog at GeroPunkProject.org.