Here are the “touchstones” for our class, in terms of how we honor each other when we are together. This approach is based on the good work of the Center for Courage and Renewal.
Our list can grow organically as we move forward. Here we are (lightly edited and arranged) as of January 25, 2021
- Be in an environment where you can be present and minimize distractions
- Put away cell phones and close web tabs and other apps
- Honor our time together and commit to that time
- We are living in challenging times; assume best intentions in each other
- What is said in the class stays in the class
- Actively listen and actively engage
- Trust and learn from the silence
- Keep an open mind
- Speak from the “I” perspective
- Be willing to be wrong
- Speak your truth in ways that respects other people’s truth; allowing people to finish their thoughts
- Be forgiving when others stumble and then call them in
- Giving everyone room to change their opinions
- Thank our classmates for being present and for their vulnerability and insights
- As we learn about love’s multitudes , let it be our guiding principal
- Deeply learn from the material and try to apply what we learn to our own lives
Over our four weeks together, here are some of the meditations and music we used.
Tuesday, January 19
- Welcome to the class
- “Love’s in Need of Love Today.” Stevie Wonder with Take 6. September 21, 2001.
- I Corinthians 13
Thursday, January 21
- “Commentary on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.” Shively Smith. May 1, 2016.
- “‘Only Connect …’ The Goals of a Liberal Education.” WIlliam Cronon. The American Scholar, Volume 67, No. 4, Autumn 1998.
- “‘Only Love.’ The Mission of a New Liberal Education?”. Jonathan Isham. March 10, 2017.
- Middlebury LOVE-CAST: “Episode 1: What We Talk About When We Talk Candidly About Love.” Cameron Weiner ’20 and Sabine Poux ’20.
- “John O’Donahue: The Inner Landscape of Beauty.” Interview with Krista Tippett. August 6, 2015.
Monday, January 25
- bell hooks. all about love (Preface, Introduction and Chapters 1 – 7).
Tuesday, January 26
- bell hooks. all about love (Chapters 8 – 13).
- “Building a Community of Love: bell hooks and Thich Nhat Hanh.” bell hooks. January 1, 2000.
- “bell hooks: Buddhism, the Beats and Loving Blackness.” George Yancy and bell hooks. The New York Times. December 10, 2015.
- “What Do We Mean We When Say, ‘Building the Beloved Community’?” Carl Gregg. patheos. March 31, 2015.
Thursday, January 28
- “Fundi- The Enduring Leadership Legacy of Civil Rights Activist Ella Baker.” Stephen Preskill. Advancing Women in Leadership Online Journal Volume 18, Spring 2005.
- “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker.” Icarus Films. 1981.
- “Ella Baker Speaks! “The Voice that Says Life is More Sacred Than Property Must Be Heard!” (Introduced by Howard Zinn. A Celebration of Ella Baker April 24, 1968). May 25, 2015.
- “We Who Believe in Freedom.” A poem in honor of Ella Baker.
- “Who We Are: Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.” December 9, 2016.
- Visit with Beatrice Parwatikar.
Friday, January 29
- Assignment 1 due by 5:00PM on Canvas.
Monday, February 1
- “John Lewis: Love In Action.” Interview with Krista Tippett. January 26, 2017
- John Lewis. Across That Bridge (Introduction and Chapter 1 – Chapter 4)
- Good Trouble. 2020. Directed by Dawn Porter. (Trailer here).
Tuesday, February 2
- John Lewis. Across That Bridge (Chapter 5 – Reconciliation)
- Selma (2014). Directed by Ava Duvernay.
Thursday, February 4
- “Satyagraha” in Ghandi: A Very Short Introduction. Bhiku Parekh. Oxford University Press (1997). (ERES)
- “A Culture of Peace in Motion: Transnational Diffusion of the Gandhian Repertoire from India to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.” Sean Chabot. Peace Research, 33(1), 29-36. 2001.
- “From Anger to Love: Self-Purification and Political Resistance.” Martha C. Nussbaum in To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Edited by Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry. Harvard University Press (2018). (ERES)
- “Love After Love.” A poem by Derek Walcott
- Special session with Beyond the Page from 1:00 – 2:30
Sunday, February 7
- Assignment 2 due by 5:00PM on Canvas
Monday, February 8
- “I Am Not Your Negro.” 2016. Directed by Raoul Peck.
- Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. Crown Publishing. 2020. Chapter 7 and Conclusion. (ERES)
- “We need to talk about an injustice.” Bryan Stevenson. Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading. March 2012.
Tuesday, February 9
- ‘Thirteenth.’ Available on Netflix.
- “Ruby Sales: Where Does It Hurt?” Interview with Krista Tippett. September 15, 2016.
- “Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross: The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter.” Interview with Krista Tippett. May 25, 2017.
- “A Black Lives Matter Founder on Building Modern Movements.” Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. The New Yorker. January 18, 2021
Thursday, February 10
- ‘Say Yes!’ Poem by Andrea Gibson. Read it here and see it here!
- Write and be ready to perform a haiku with your reflections on this class. As a reminder, here’s what you need to know about haikus.
- Bring to class an item of food that offers you comfort and that you would share with others if you could.
Sunday, February 14
- Assignment 3 due by 7:00PM on Canvas