Dr. Jennifer Sasser, human sciences chair and gerontology program director, is one of several experts who will lead Oregon Humanities' Talking About Dying Series starting in September 2015.
Department of Human Sciences
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Ph.D. in Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute
MA in Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute
BA in English, Portland State University
BA in French, Portland State University
Human Studies Perspectives
Relationship with the Environment
Depth Psychology and Soul in the World
Myth and Meaning
Joseph Campbell: Ideas and Influence
Dina Hartzell is a mythologist and storyteller committed to exploring the roles of mythology in the development and maintenance of culture. She specializes particularly in the relationships between humans and the other beings in the natural world, and how the stories of those relationships influence human thought and behavior. A long time admirer and student of indigenous ways, Dina is a participant in the study of indigenous culture at Bolad's Kitchen School directed by Martín Prechtel; has studied for several years with Matthew Wood, a master herbalist who has worked extensively with Native healers; and is also learning from Jon Young, a master tracker, mentor, and storyteller who teaches nature connection philosophies and practices that help people and cultures work toward more balanced ways of living.
At Marylhurst, Dina has served on the Faculty Policies and Practices Committee and the Faculty Development Committee; co-chaired Sustainability Advisory Council and its Curriculum Team; and participated in graduate and undergraduate faculty councils and faculty governance. In the larger academic community, Dina served as interim area chair for Interdisciplinary Studies at the SW regional conference of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations in 2009 and 2010, and served as a consultant for the newly launched BA of Integrated Studies at Northern New Mexico College in 2012.
Identity Shifts: Mythology and the Relativization of Self and Other. Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2011.
Maps and Territories: Some Epistemological Functions of Myth. SW Texas Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2010.
Now That We Are Modern, Where Is Myth? SW Texas Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2009.
Violations and Restorations of Myth and Place. Integrative Thinking for Complex Futures: Creating Resiliency in Human-Nature Systems, XVI International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology. Huxley college of the Environment, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, 2008.
Native Hearing, Native Speech: Sounding the Stolen Voices of Place. Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2008.
Echo's Logos: Nature, Myths, and the Cultural Psychology of Belonging. Psychology-Ecology-Sustainability Conference, NWEI & Lewis and Clark College, 2007.
Prolegomena for an Eco-Mythology. Nature and Human Nature Conference, Foundation for Mythological Studies, 2007.
Psychology and Mythology of Courtly Love. Lecture. French Literature in Translation course. Professor Klaus Engelhardt. Lewis and Clark College, 2002 & 2004; Portland State University, 2006 & 2007.
A Moving Experience: On the Relationship between Immanence and Motion. Lecture. Theosophical Society, Portland, OR, 1999.
Occitan Culture, Music and Dance. Lecture. Ethnic Minorities in France course. Professor Klaus Engelhardt, Lewis and Clark College, 1981 & 1982.