California Institute of Integral Studies

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"In the fall of 1950, Stanford University Professor Frederick Spiegelberg was searching for a scholar from India to join him, Alan Watts, and others to help form the faculty of a new and innovative graduate school in San Francisco called the American Academy of Asian Studies. Professor Spiegelberg wrote to the Indian yogi and spiritual philosopher Sri Aurobindo to ask for a recommendation of a person well versed in Eastern and Western philosophies with a deep knowledge of integral yoga. Sri Aurobindo approved the recommendation of Dr. Haridas Chauduri, then chair of the Philosophy Department at Krishnagar College in Bengal. That prompted Professor Spiegelberg to write to Dr. Chauduri to invite him to come to San Francisco and help shape the new academy...

"When he arrived in San Francisco in early 1951, Dr. Chaudhuri, along with his wife Bina, co-founded the Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF) to promote intercultural understanding and harmony, nonsectarian universal religion, and creative self-development and self-fulfillment.

"As the number of students who wanted to study with Dr. Chaudhuri increased, he founded the Institute in 1968 as an educational branch of CIF. It was later incorporated as an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian graduate school named the California Institute of Asian Studies (CIAS) in 1974, and renamed the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 1980. Since 1981 CIIS has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)." [1]

"CIIS' commitment to quality instruction and innovative research is expressed in the collection of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Library. It offers a universe of online information including thousands of online books, journals, dissertations, and disciplinary databases." [2]

In 2004, Elizabeth J. McCormack, Chair of the Board, and Joseph L. Subbiondo, President of CIIS left the following paid notice in the NYT: "Laurance S. The California Institute of Integral Studies mourns the loss of Laurance S. Rockefeller, its great friend, honorary trustee, visionary advisor, and generous benefactor. The CIIS community will miss him and will always be greatful for his dedicated support and commitment." [3] Another key founder of the Institute was Louis Gainsborough. [4]

Trustees

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Trustees (2011)

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Council of Sages

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Affiliates

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Core Faculty in the Transformative Leadership MA

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Key Adjunct Faculty

Contact

URL: http://www.ciis.edu

Resources and articles

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References

  1. History, California Institute of Integral Studies, accessed October 30, 2011.
  2. Laurance S. Rockefeller Library, California Institute of Integral Studies, accessed October 30, 2011.
  3. Paid Notice: Deaths ROCKEFELLER, LAURANCE, NYT, accessed October 30, 2011.
  4. CIIS and American Higher Education, integral-review, accessed November 2, 2011.
  5. Trustees, California Institute of Integral Studies, accessed February 25, 2018.
  6. Trustees, California Institute of Integral Studies, accessed October 30, 2011.
  7. Trustees, California Institute of Integral Studies, accessed October 30, 2011.
  8. Affiliates, California Institute of Integral Studies, accessed October 30, 2011.
  9. Core Faculty in the Transformative Leadership MA, California Institute of Integral Studies, accessed October 30, 2011.