Dr. Richard Wiseman

January 25, 1923 — February 9, 2008

Call for Presentations

To honor Dr. Prof. Richard W. Wiseman we are seeking presentations from students, friends and colleagues for the Richard Wiseman Conference to be held in San Francisco, June 21, 2008. Presentations may touch on any one or more of the nine themes suggested below. Presentations may address any one or more topics within a theme. The theme list and topics are entirely open to revision and addition, we present them merely as guidance.

Our hope is to enlist as many presentations across the themes as possible to demonstrate and share with others the richness of Prof. Wiseman's interests and teaching. Presentations may be as short as 5 minutes or as long as 30 minutes. Depending on the level of participation we anticipate an average length of 15 minutes. Presentations may be memories of Prof. Wiseman, testimonies to Richard Wiseman's influence, original thoughts carrying forward Prof. Wiseman's ideas, summaries of a paper written recently or in the past, to name but a few examples. We look at the Conference as a special day in which to honor Prof. Wiseman by sharing the many ways in which he influenced all of us and to continue his thinking, care and passion forward into the future.

Please submit your proposal for presentation to Richard Ackermann and Nader Shabahangi. All presentations will be accepted, we simply need to know what to expect for planning and organization.


We invite students, friends and colleagues of Prof. Wiseman to attend the Conference which is scheduled for June 21, 2008 from 10:00 to 4:00 at 551 Page St., San Francisco. We hope to spend the last hour of the conference to connect amongst all the participants. Lunch will be served. Depending on how many will attend, valet parking will be provided.

THEMES AND TOPICS - Examples given under the various categories represent only a short list and in no way are meant to be exhaustive.


Celan, Hoelderlin, Rilke, Valery, Yeats


Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Goethe, Mozart


Jung, Boss, Merlieu-Ponty, Psychotherapy


Biology, Cosmos, Tao of Physics

World Literature

Mann, Joyce, Shakespeare, Goethe, Mythology


Heidegger, Nietzsche, Being, Schopenahauer


Philosophy of Care, Psychology of Care, Service/ Volunteerism

Planet Earth

Animals, Nature, "Talking to the trees", Preservation


Opera, Beechum, Karajan, Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio, Grieg

This site is a work in progress and we would like to in some way add all contributions from students and colleagues of Richard. If you have any suggestions or anything you would like to see added to this site, please email us.