Ken Silvestro
Ken Silvestro

Affiliated Faculty

ken.silvestro@myunion.edu
My hometown, population, 2500 on a good day, feeds a part of me that longs for simplicity, peace, ease, beauty and quiet. Each day, I am increasingly grateful for the simple poetic expressions that I encounter immersed in this forested area with numerous lakes and mountains. This natural poem helps me to never forget the importance of life, and the vitality that life offers.

Ken began his formal education in the field of electrical engineering. His B.S. and M.S. degrees were completed at the University of Rhode Island. During his time in a graduate program, he discovered the new and developing field of artificial intelligence. Ken found it exciting because the mystery of human nature and mind were part of the research. He entered a doctoral program at Brown University with an emphasis in this new field. After several years of study, he transferred to the University of Connecticut, where he received his Ph.D. Again, during his studies he encountered depth psychology. It was Carl Jung's depth psychology that resonated deep with his interest in Eastern traditions. Ken began an informal study, but in 1990, he entered the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston for formal study and training. While in the throes of informal study, he chanced across alternative medicine. To that end, he studied premed and entered an Osteopathic medical school. After a year, he realized depth psychology was truly his direction and he left the medical study.

Ken's faculty appointments began in 1977, moving from the field of computer science to artificial intelligence to depth psychology in liberal arts programs. The universities and colleges where he served as faculty include: University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Bowdoin College, Yale University (research faculty), University of Montana, and Union Institute & University. His traditional approaches to instruction shifted to more innovative and learner-centered approaches as did his research: science and math, computer science, cognitive psychology, depth psychology, Jungian psychology, alternative health, pagan religions and worship, Eastern traditions, mythology, spirituality, dream interpretation, consciousness studies and creativity studies.