Teaching Peace: An interactive discourse by scholar and writer Linda Hess
Venue: Open Space, 301, (second floor), Kanchanjunga bldg. Kanchan lane,
off Law College Road, Near Krishna Dining Hall, Pune -411004
Date: February 3, 2011
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm
violent events in history involve ordinary people, not just criminals,
lunatics or sociopaths. We ask ourselves “How can people do such
things?” “Could we also do such things under similar circumstances?”
“How could we prepare ourselves not to behave that way?”
education irrelevant and useless to learning ways of dealing with
conflict? Can education touch children and youth in a transformative
way--a way that gives them hope of integrating the various parts of
themselves and their world, changing themselves and the world?
arouse a deeper and more powerfully felt engagement with these
questions, Open Space invites youth, educators, activists, artistes,
media professionals and all interested to interact with Dr Linda Hess,
who has developed an experimental course to:
(1) investigate the connections between inner and outer worlds, the personal and social-political roots of (non)violence;
take steps, as participants in history, toward recognizing and
transforming violence in ourselves at the same time as we strive to
solve social, political, economic, environmental, and other problems
that confront us.
This interaction is a continuation of Open
Space’s Keeping The Peace lecture series to encourage discussion and
dialogue on issues that are dividing and polarising society and public
The interaction will explore new ways of teaching compassion and ethics.
says: “We keep things compartmentalized. It is this hard separation
between what we call “intellectual” and the other parts of our being,
including the emotional, imaginative, and moral, that gives rise to
despair about the meaning of education…”
All are welcome.
Linda Hess is a scholar, writer, and a lover of Kabir. She began her
travels to India in the 1960s and has been studying and translating the
poetry of Kabir since the 1970s. Her publications and present research
include The Bijak of Kabir, (with Sukhdev Singh), considered by many to
be one of the best translations of Kabir into English, and Singing
Emptiness: Kumar Gandharva Performs the Poetry of Kabir. She is
currently working on a book titled Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions
and Performative Worlds in Northern India. She has also been an advisor
to The Kabir Project since 2003. She is a Senior Lecturer in the
Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University and is
Co-Director of Stanford's Center for South Asia.
Open Space is an
initiative of the Centre for Communication and Development Studies
(CCDS). OS helps young people unpack their differences and learn to see
themselves and the world around them through different lenses.
For details contact: Rakesh – 9921090931 or Ujwala Samarth – 020-25457371