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“Dealing with the Accuser: Befriending Your Inner Critic” by Sangeeta Bansal and Marty Schmidt

All of us have a running stream of voices that direct critique inwards, which when well-managed can serve us well. However, for many students these voices become far too powerful, leaving them with low self-regard. In this blog entry guest … Continue reading

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Presence and Plant Intelligence: Best Books of 2017

Finding my first Buhner book in Dublin in July, a celebratory moment! Introduction If last year’s highlight was easy to identify – studying the Enneagram in London – then this year’s epiphany was equally obvious, coming during summer holidays on … Continue reading

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“Saving Starfish: In Search of Genuine Service in a Chinese Orphanage” by Andrea Sum

A picture of Andrea (on left) at Xiqiao Mountain during the China Orphanage Trip. Introduction Every year in the Humanities I in Action class I take students to two nearby orphanages in southern China for an experience with taking care … Continue reading

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Realism, Idealism, and the New Universe Story

The Modern Story of Realism Dear Students, If I ask are you a realist or an idealist, you will probably consider your basic approach to life. The realists live more cautiously or even pessimistically, while the idealists see the bright … Continue reading

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Using Contemporary Memoirs to Teach Genocide

Introduction Humanities I in Action is a course that challenges students to deeply consider their place in the world, and, in the end, to contemplate action steps to bring healing. However, this noble pursuit requires traversing a dark path. During … Continue reading

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The Victim’s View: Teaching about Violence in Humanities I in Action

Violence emerges as a major theme of our exploration of the human condition in the first semester of Humanities I in Action. We use Rwandan survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza’s Left to Tell   to provide a victim’s perspective of violence, which … Continue reading

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