Program Highlights


PGIAA & LinkedIn present.. A Coming Home Bonus Event
ft. Ryan Zervakos, Relationship Manager, LinkedIn

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Our workshop will provide opportunities for how you can create a sustainable life and work where you thrive. Learn about resources and gain tips for an effective job search, including how to create a winning resume, prepare for a successful interview, and use networking to your full advantage.

Friday, January 17th at 9:15am

A Creative Seminar and Lab for Mythic Storytellers of Every Medium

Guide: John Bucher
Length: 90 minutes 

As human beings, we have turned to storytelling for millennia in order to make sense of the world in which we live. Understanding why we tell stories is as important as understanding how we tell stories. Certain mythic motifs and archetypal characters have remained relevant through the ages and reappear time-and-again in various cultures around the world. Regardless of the medium you write in, these motifs and characters are key to compelling stories. Join John Bucher in this lab-based seminar focused on developing an emotionally resonant story, complete with characters to support it.

John is the author of numerous books on storytelling. He has also sold screenplays and consulted on stories in Hollywood for more than a decade, working with companies including HBO, DC Comics, The History Channel, and A24 Films.

TOPICS Covered

•  What makes a story powerful
•  Crafting your own archetypal character
•  Understanding your character’s ghost and their scar
•  Crafting a simple mythic narrative
•  The importance of the ending
•  Drawing the boundaries of biographical material within your story

John Bucher is a writer, strategist, and communicator based out of Hollywood, California. Disruptor named him one of the top 25 influencers in Virtual Reality in 2018. He is the author of six books, including the best-selling Storytelling for Virtual Reality, named by Book Authority as one of the best storytelling books of all time.

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Friday, January 17th at 11:00am

Designing the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association Film Festival and Conference 
Guides: Corinne Bourdeau and Will Linn

PGIAA is excited to announce the Pacifica Film festival and Conference in 2020 – a film festival that will explore aspects of myth, depth psychology, and cinema.  The festival and conference will offer a unique blend of film screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s, panels, and presentations that will highlight a wide range of topics in entertainment and mythology, sure to interest film lovers and academics alike!   In this engaging session, Corinne Bourdeau and William Linn invite Pacifica alumni to join in a roundtable discussion as we design the ideal conference/festival for Pacifica.  We will explore a variety of elements and themes for the 2020 Pacifica Film Conference & Festival (and beyond!).  Potential topics themes and topics:        

TOPICS Covered

•  The Enchanted Screen: Exploring fairy tales and film
•  The Mythic Filmmaker: From Guillermo Del Toro to George Lucas, filmmakers who weave myth throughout their films.
•  Cinema and The Underworld
•  What dreams may come: Exploring the dream world in cinema
•  The Mythic Hero: The role of the superhero from a mythic perspective.
•  Eco Imagination: Films that celebrate nature and environmental social change.

While there will be a formal presentation, this session is also highly collaborative in nature, as we will ask attendees to brainstorm, contribute feedback, and offer ideas for the festival.  We will engage in a spirited and insightful dialogue around myth, cinema, film, and what a dynamic and engaging film festival and conference will offer the Pacifica Community. 

Corinne Bourdeau (MA Engaged Humanities 2010), is the founder and president of 360 Degree Communications, a boutique entertainment marketing company dedicated to social change films.

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Saturday, January 18th at 10:00am

Cultivating Community at the Fates and Graces Mythologium

Guides: The Fates and Graces (Joanna Gardner, Rachel Lugn, and Stephanie Zajchowski)

Pacifica Graduate Institute provides a unique education. As alumnae, we know the value of an academic community, and we know the value of a soulful community–one that shares stories. It is in this spirit that we founded the Fates and Graces Mythologium, a two-and-a-half-day conference and retreat for scholars of mythology to share their work and spark inspiration through panels, presentations, and social gatherings. During this presentation, Joanna, Rachel, and Stephanie, all Mythological Studies alumnae, will discuss the inception of the Mythologium. We will demonstrate the unique value of bringing together mythologists to explore their scholarly work, both individually and collectively. It is vitally important to cultivate and care for our communities, and we find that each of us, as alumni, can aid in this endeavor.

Joanna Gardner, Ph.D., is a writer, mythologist, and magical realist. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of venues. Her recent research focuses on creation myth and the creative process.

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Rachel Lugn, Ph.D. is a mythologist and textile artist. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her dissertation focuses on the interweaving of textile creation and fairy tales.

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Stephanie Zajchowski, Ph.D., is a cultural mythologist and certified Spiritual Director. Stephanie is a co-founder of the Fates and Graces Mythologium, a conference for mythologists, and enjoys connecting and collaborating with this community. 

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