Empathy and Consciousness Raising for Unmaking War, Remaking Men

Weekend course explores empathy particularly for those who live in states that initiate war.

When: Friday, July 20, 2012, 4 p.m.

Where: La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Rd., Montecito, CA

Cost: $250 - $350

Age limit: All ages

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Empathy, more than just a feeling, can be a powerfully positive force for change. This course will show how it draws upon and expands human interaction, making it accessible to anyone to cultivate in themselves. By contrast, when U.S. soldiers massacre villagers in Afghanistan and Iraq, Americans do not even know the names of the dead and their families. Yet they come to know personal details about the killers, humanizing them while objectifying their victims.

This course combines 1) empathy-interaction training, using case studies from combat today, with 2) consciousness-raising using concepts such as ongoing, unending war as national policy, preventive war/war crimes, sociopathic/remorseless killing, psychopathic state leadership/war crimes, crimes against humanity. The masculinity of war is uncovered here with concrete examples of men remaking masculinity. Finally, 3) a strategy session will involve participants in developing plans and projects for their peace work.

This course will be held July 20-22, 2012 at the La Casa de Maria Retreat Center.
Friday: 4-8pm (dinner from 6-7)
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 9am -12pm

Conducted by: National Peace Academy in partnership with La Casa de Maria
Course Instructors: Dr. Kathleen Barry
Course fees: Residential fee: $350, includes shared lodging, meals and tuition; Commuter Fee: $250, includes meals and tuition.

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Phone: 805-969-5031

Event posted June 21, 2012
Last updated June 21, 2012


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