Fran Faraz is the Peace Studies Program Director at Golden West College. She teaches courses in Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution, Leadership and Social Justice. She focuses on teaching peace through an understanding of human rights, ecological and economic well-being, equity, non-violence, and intellectual transformation. Fran hosts the annual Peace Conference here at Golden West College, as well as a number of other peace-themed events and forums throughout the year.
She says: “I chose to become an educator because I’m committed to impacting the lives of those around me, and I believe education is a source of empowerment for individuals striving to live their lives with integrity, fairness, selfsufficiency, and dignity.
Heather E. Heying was a professor of evolutionary biology at The Evergreen State College for 15 years. While there, she taught students how to think critically, in part through exploring remote sites in the neotropics. Earlier, while earning a PhD in Biology from the University of Michigan, her dissertation on evolutionary ecology and sexual selection won the university’s top honor. She now writes and speaks on the evolution of sex, social systems, and consciousness; human evolution; vertebrate biology; philosophy of science; education; and civil discourse and ideology, among other topics. She can be followed on Twitter @HeatherEHeying.
David Edmund Moody, Ph.D is the author of An Uncommon Collaboration: David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti (Alpha Centauri Press, 2017). Bohm was a renowned theoretical physicist who worked closely with Krishnamurti for 25 years. Moody knew both men well in his capacity as director of Oak Grove, the position he held at the time of Krishnamurti’s death in 1986.
Moody was the first teacher hired at Oak Grove when it opened its doors in 1975. His experiences there as teacher, educational director, and director are described in his previous book, The Unconditioned Mind: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School (Quest, 2011). This book recounts the history of the first twelve years of the school, including Krishnamurti’s close involvement in it and Moody’s many interactions with him.
After he left Oak Grove, Moody took his doctorate degree from UCLA, where his research focused on student understanding of important concepts in the sciences. Portions of his research were published in Mapping Biology Knowledge (Kluwer, 2000). He is the author of numerous articles in popular and professional journals on topics related to science, education, and the work of Krishnamurti.
Jaap Sluijter, is the moderator and one of the facilitators of this conference. He has a long-standing interest in the questions raised by J. Krishnamurti. Currently, Jaap is the Executive Director of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America. Previously, he lived and taught for nine years at Brockwood Park School in England. He has an MA in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a design engineer in the field of camera systems and musical instruments.
Pathik Wadhwa is a Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, where he directs the UC Irvine Development, Health and Disease Research Program. Pathik received his medical degree from the University of Poona, India, and his doctorate from the University of California, Irvine. His research addresses the question of how is it that we come to acquire our specific (individual) mental and physical characteristics, with a focus on the role of developmental processes before birth (i.e., during the intrauterine period of life), the biological pathways that underlie this phenomenon, and its implications for future health and disease susceptibility. Since its inception, this research program has been continuously funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Pathik has a long-standing interest in many of the questions, issues and perspectives advanced by Krishnamurti.