Western Institute for Social Research

The Ohliger Institute is associated with the Western Institute for Social Research, a small, independent, experimenting university located in a working class neighborhood of Berkeley, California.

WISR offers state-approved bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in a variety of areas related to community activism, higher education, psychology, and social change, designed for working adults.  Established in 1975, it is one of the oldest surviving alternative universities inspired by the spirit of educational innovation of the 1960s and 1970s.

WISRville is an internet publishing site created to be a collaborative voice for the progressive community.  WISR students, faculty, and friends are invited to contribute their talents and commitment to building this site.

Chris Wagner

Second Thoughts co-host Chris Wagner also serves as the webmaster of the John Ohliger website, where visitors can read more about John’s life and work and read a sampling of John’s articles, essays, and bibliographies.  Chris will be gradually expanding the site to include a much wider array of John’s writings.

David Yamada

Second Thoughts co-host David Yamada also hosts Minding the Workplace, a blog on work, workers, and workplaces.  David is an internationally recognized authority on workplace bullying, and Minding the Workplace serves as a platform for much of his commentary on that topic.

David’s scholarship on workplace bullying and other topics may be downloaded without charge at his Social Sciences Research Network page.  His shorter papers can be downloaded without charge at his Academia page.