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Two Founding members bring to this panel the great excitement of daring to manifest the profound vision with Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri of launching an audacious experiment— the founding of a new Graduate School, CIIS! This was done at the huge financial risk of no funding, no academic institutional connection and the squeeze of space into one small building! The promise was fulfilled and the vision became a magnificent reality! Bring questions, points of view for discussion and dialogue in honor of this 45 year old achievement—our unique CIIS!


Hilary Anderson, Ph.D. is former professor, dean, and founding board member of CIIS. In 1992 she founded the Universal Way Foundation in Los Angeles to support research, programs and celebrations that promote self-integration and cross-cultural regard for all spiritual pathways. She travels widely, conducting seminars and counseling in Integral Psychology, specializing in the Divine Feminine. Dr. Anderson has taught as adjunct professor for East-West Psychology and Asian and Comparative programs at CIIS in recent years. Her publications include numerous essays and articles on Integral Psychology and oracular symbolism.

David F. Wentura, PhD, EDD, was a professor at San FranciscoStateUniversity who had lived in the Far East in the 1950s. He met CIIS’ founder, Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri in the mid 1960s as a student of the AmericanAcademy of Asian Studies and was part of the group of students who, along with Dr. Chaudhuri envisioned the founding of the California Institute of Asian Studies (CIAS, now CIIS). As a founding faculty member and educational consultant David was instrumental in the early stages of curricular design and implementation at the Institute. He was also a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute and participated in the early stages of accreditation process and wrote the first report for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).