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Beth Roy

Reared in Texas in which I entered segregated high school in the year the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, that I was likely by background to construct a lifetime with a pursuit for justice during its center. My parents stood up for principles of equality to themselves at cost, and so my own life as an activist was launched early on.

At 1961 I graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in mathematics. My sole desire was to leave the U.S., to make my way to a culture as separate from the one I knew as I could find, for I knew that what I knew was a very small portion of what the world had to offer. I made my way, during union and intention, to India, in which I lived in extended family for seven Decades, writing two novels, Bullock Carts and Motor Bikes: Ancient India to a New Road (Atheneum, New York, 1972) and On a Tree of Trouble: Patches of India in Crisis (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 1974).

In 1972, I returned to the US, using a small son, a passionate set of principles about child-rearinga couple ideas about making a living, along with very good friends in the San Francisco Bay region. I began a lay practice in an way of psychotherapy named Radical Therapy, work grounded in a clinic focused on community-building, such as conflict resolution and group treatment and a social concept of alienation. We taught workshops through long-term apprenticeships in mediators and both mediation and trained therapists.

Following some fourteen decades, as my son considered where he wished to go into school, I began enviously to long to get a contemplative space in which to investigate more profoundly and theoretically the thoughts where my clinic was established. I applied to the sociology department in the University of California, Berkeley, and was approved.

The program afforded me precisely the forum I needed, to talk, to see, to write about the concerns that occupied me, both in my ther

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