February 2020 newsletter

                                                                                                                        February 2020

Hi folks,

            Below are the courses coming up in February. We hope you will join us for these learning opportunities.

            We will be sending out our Spring term course list on March 1st. If you are thinking about offering a course in the March-May interval, please contact me ASAP.

                                                                        Happy winter!

                                                                                    Sue

Shadow: Recognizing White Privilege, Saturdays, 2/8,15,22,29th; 2-4PM (snow day, 3/7, 2PM); 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; registration required; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

A hands-on experiential workshop designed to help people get wise to racism and how concepts like white superiority and implicit bias serve to maintain our racist culture. Multiple readings and exercises drawn from sources by both whites and persons of color provide different perspectives and offer insights into how we all can benefit from becoming more conscious and self-aware of this powerful aspect of our collective and personal shadow. Led by Sue Mehrtens

A Sense of Place, Mondays, 2/10,17,24,3/2; 7-9PM (snow day, 3/9, 7PM); 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury; $60; registration required; to register, call Sue (802) 244-7909

The Native American author N. Scott Momaday wrote in his book The Names “The events of our lives take placeā€¦Take place.” He makes clear that a sense of place is required as the setting for our lives to unfold. Through a series of short reading and writing assignments we will explore the role that place has had in each of our lives. Does your childhood experience of place still define who you are? Has travel allowed you to develop and reflect on a broader sense of self? Is your present home a true home to the person you are becoming? Are you a transportable potted plant or a deeply rooted tree? Family photos, journals, maps, and art work can all help us find our places. Come explore your sense of place. We will read excerpts from Bruce Chatwin’s Song Lines, Leslie Marmon Silko’s work on the relationship between narrative and place, Tom Wessel’s Reading the Forested Landscape, and more. Led by Ann Turkle

ongoing:

Soul-Tending, Tuesdays, 2/4, 3/3; 7-9PM

Harpies & Harridans, Women Behaving Badly, Thursdays, 2/6,3/5; 7-9PM

Our February blog essay link is:

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