Lectures are held at the Bowen Center at 7:30 pm on the 2016-2017 calendar dates shown below. The lectures are free and open to the public. On-street parking is available.

The Thursday Professional Lectures focus on the family as a natural system and on knowledge from the study of other natural systems. A distinctive feature of this meeting is the length of time the presenter is given to develop and illustrate ideas and entertain discussion.

Dates for the Thursday Professional Lecture Series for 2016-2017

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December 8, 2016

A Very Brief History of Creation: What Do We Think We Know about the Origin of Life on Earth
Henderson Cleaves, PhD
Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology/Institute for Advanced Study
Tokyo, Japan

Professor Henderson co-wrote a book published in 2015 with Bill Mesler titled A Brief History of Creation: Science and the Search for the Origin of Life.

This presentation will provide some information from the book including their thoughts about how life began. It will touch on historic writers and researchers in an effort to show various ideas both scientific and metaphysical. Is there an answer yet to life’s biggest question?

Eventbrite - What Do We Know about the Origin of Life on Earth - Dr. Henderson Cleaves

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January 12, 2017

Family and the Differentiation of the Intellectual System
Robert J. Noone, PhD
Co-Founder of the Center for Family Consultation, and Faculty Member, The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Evanston, IL & Washington, DC

The development of higher cortical systems involved in the ability to manage self is embedded in the relationship circuitry of the family. The differentiation of the intellectual system and its relationship to the family will be discussed in its developmental and evolutionary contexts.

Eventbrite - Family and Differentiation of the Intellectual System - Dr. Robert Noone

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February 9, 2017

On Bridging Multiple Cutoffs: The Process of Uniting a Family Fractured by War, Family Feuds, and Mental Illness
Susan Johnson Hadler, PhD, Private Practice & The Rev. Jacques Hadler, Jr., Epsicopal Church
Alexandria, VA

In her recent book, The Beauty of What Remains, Dr. Susan Hadler reveals the details of her journey to break through barriers of absence, silence and prohibitions. This effort was an opportunity to gain strength and support to persevere in the face of reactivity to find the lost, to bridge cut-offs and to bring her shattered family together. Her husband, The Rev. Jacques Hadler, journeyed with her using his awareness of Bowen theory through his learning experience with Rabbi Edwin Friedman. Dr. Hadler will talk about her journey and The Rev. Hadler will describe how Bowen Theory was an influence in this process.

Eventbrite - Uniting a Family Fractured by War, Family Feuds, and Mental Illness

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March 9, 2017

Now I Know Why Bishops Only Move Diagonally: Systems Leadership Lessons from the Church
The Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls
Chief Operating Officer, Episcopal Church
New York, NY

Twenty-eight years of leadership in the Episcopal Church has provided an opportunity to think about and practice leadership principles. Bishop Sauls says he may have learned a thing or two, some painfully, about the relationships among responsibility, authority and power; the destructiveness of secrets; and the supreme importance of the moment of asking whether you, the leader, might be the one who is crazy.

Eventbrite - Systems Leadership Lessons from the Church - The Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls

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April 19, 2017 (Wednesday)

A New Society in an Ancient Swamp: The Social World of the Great Dismal Swamp, 1607 to 1863
Dr. Daniel O. Sayers, PhD
Chair of the Department of Anthropology, American University
Washington, DC

African American Maroons (people who permanently self-removed from enslavement) and indigenous Americans founded a novel society in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina and Virginia beginning with the rise of colonialism in the Mid-Atlantic region. After over a decade’s work on several sites in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, archaeology is showing how these resistant and defiant people formed communities that lasted over 250 years, what their communities were like, how they dealt with the seemingly harsh swamp environment, and how their world differed from the one they left behind. This presentation will outline what we know about this very under-recognized society and why this history matters today.

Eventbrite - Social World of the Great Dismal Swamp, 1607-1863 - Daniel O. Sayers, PhD

May 18, 2017 – TBA
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June 15, 2017

An Archival Approach to Preserving Murray Bowen’s Legacy
Joanne Bowen, PhD
Retired Research Professor of Anthropology, William and Mary & President of The Murray Bowen Archives Project
Wiliamsburg, VA

This presentation will describe the approach to preserve Dr. Bowen’s original letters and videotapes at the National Library of Medicine where they will be available for the ages and to also create an online digital database so that researchers can do their primary work. To enable both NLM researchers and the public to explore how Bowen developed his theory in his own words, The goal is to recreate the totality of each of his “laboratories,” including his family, genealogical records, and his professional world into a searchable, online database. Discussion will focus on how an archivist can select records that have the breadth and depth to replicate Bowen’s odyssey toward science as he documented the evolution of his thinking.

Eventbrite - Archival Approach to Preserving Murray Bowen’s Legacy - Joanne Bowen, PhD

Past Lectures

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October 6, 2016

The Honey Bee: Angels of Agriculture or Canary in the Coal Mine
Keith Tignor
State Apiarist, Office of Plant Industry Services, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Richmond, VA

Mr. Tignor has worked closely with the beekeeping industry for over twenty-five years. He is coordinator of the regulatory and assistance programs for beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This presentation will include his recent research on the beekeeping industry that demonstrates how bees are a symptom of the environment in which they live.