CITY LIGHTS AT 60: Hip, Cool, and Beatitude-The Beats, Bohemianism, and Alternative Spirituality
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 5:00 P.M., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA

This presentation will begin with a short lecture on the Beat Generation's contribution to religious heresy in America and the spiritual underpinnings of the hipster archetype. Additional references will be made to the earlier romantic and transcendentalist roots of the Beats; and a panel will discuss the current influence of the Beats in literature, the arts, philosophy, psychology, and alternative approaches to spirituality. 

Moderator:  Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D. – specialist in the psychology of religion, former director of the Consciousness Studies Program at Antioch University/West, and adjunct professor of political and intercultural psychology at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Author of Sufism and the Way of Blame (Quest Books, 2011).
Panel Discussants:

Marc Applebaum, Ph.D. – faculty member at Saybrook University and consulting editor at the Journal of Humanistic Psychology; specialist in phenomenological and hermeneutical research, cross-cultural psychology, and religious studies.

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. – vice president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is author of ten books including Awakening to Awe (Jason Aronson, 2009) and The Polarized Mind (University Professors Press, 2013).

Tony Stigliano, Ph.D. – moral and political philosopher and adjunct professor of psychology at Alliant International University; former lecturer at CalBerkeley School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University.