City Room (Atrium) at Surrey City Hall - Surrey, B.C. - Canada February 24, 2018, All Day

Expressions of Phenomenological Research

*This event is free and open to the public.

Join Fielding students, alumni, faculty, and local community members for a two-day summit in Surrey, B.C., to explore the study of the structures of experience and consciousness and the connection to social innovation in action featuring President Katrina Rogers, Fielding alumni, and City of Surrey officials.

Click here for the schedule.

Registration required by February 20, 2018.

To register for Saturday, February 24, 2018:

To register for Sunday, February 25, 2018:

This event will include opportunities to hear about local initiatives in the City of Surrey PLUS a celebratory book launch of Expressions of  Phenomenological Research: Consciousness and Lifeworld Studies (Fielding University Press) which exemplifies scholarship in action by Fielding alumni and faculty. The commonalities between Fielding and Surrey in social innovation will be explored through presentations and interactive sessions.

Surrey has become a hallmark center for advances in creative community engagement, organization development, health care, and sustainability practices. Fielding laid the groundwork for innovative graduate education for adults and continues to extend work through The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) which supports research, professional development, and organizational consulting projects that build human capital and sustainable change. 

*Credits will be available for Fielding students in Advanced Research in Phenomenology, Praxis, Transformative  Phenomenology and other courses. Contact Valerie Malhotra Bentz for information.

Traveling to Surrey?

Discounted room rates available for Friday, February 23 and/or Saturday, February 24

Vancouver Guildford Hotel 15269 104th Avenue- Surrey, BC, V3R 1N5 –Canada Phone: (1)(604) 582-9288

$139 CAD per night (plus charges and taxes). Registration cutoff date is EXTENDED to Friday, February 16, 2018, at 5:00 PM PST

Click here: Online Reservations Or call the hotel and mention Fielding Graduate University to receive the special group rate. The group rate also includes free parking and complimentary wireless internet in the guest rooms. Space is limited—early booking recommended.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

13450 – 104 AVENUE – SURREY, BC, Canada – V3T 1V8

9:00 a.m. Networking – Check-In
9:30 a.m. Welcome from City of Surrey & The Phoenix Society
10:00 a.m. From Ways of Knowing to Social Innovation: Guest Presentations
Speakers will address the topic of social innovation from their unique perspectives and experience. Fielding President Katrina Rogers will talk about her work with a range of stakeholders to protect a river in Grafton, Utah. Michael and Ann Wilson will address the way phenomenology impacted their development of the Phoenix Society and the Rising Sun Innovation Centre. Presentation facilitators: David Rehorick & Valerie Bentz
The event is sponsored by the Fielding Graduate University, Van City, the Surrey Downtown Improvement Association, and the Phoenix Society (Additional speakers from these organizations TBA).
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Putting Phenomenology into Practice for Personal Growth and Social Change
David Rehorick and Valerie Bentz share the initiative behind “Expressions of Phenomenological Research”
Lunch Provided with registration
1:00 p.m. Hearing from contributing authors
Jo-Anne Clarke—The Lifeworld of Sustainability Entrepreneurs:  A Schutzian Exploration of Women’s Experience
Lori Schneider—Re-Placing Myself: Perspectives on the Experience of Work/Home/Life/Place
Ayumi Nishii—The Experience of Heideggerian Hermeneutical Methodology: Round Dance of Servanthood, Philosophy, and Myself
Carol Laberge—Understanding Patients’ Experience of Heart Attack:  Phenomenological Lessons for Nurses and other Practitioners
Jim Marlatt—The Transformative Potential of Conversations with Strangers
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Open Forum—audience participants share anything from their thoughts on the day, personal projects and research
4:00—6:00 p.m. Event Reception: Celebration of “Expressions of Phenomenological

Sunday, February 25, 2018

13969 – 100 AVENUE – SURREY, BC, Canada – V3V 7Z2

9:30 a.m. Coffee and reconnection
10:00 a.m. Presentations by alumni and students
11:00 a.m. Round Table Discussion: Reflections on lessons from the event
12:00 p.m. Walking Tour of Rising Sun Center – hosted by Michael and Ann Wilson
1:30 p.m. Conference event closure
3:30 p.m. Additional presentations and informal discussions by students and alumni about their scholarship and practice. Contact Valerie BenTz for more information.

Questions? Contact Director of Alumni Relations Hilary Molina

We appreciate the support of our generous sponsors for making this innovative event a reality:
Vancity Savings Credit Union, Downtown, Surrey Business Improvement Association, and the Phoenix Society, and Fielding Graduate University—Alumni Relations