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Peace Studies Series

The series, The Season for Nonviolence, ran for seven consecutive Monday nights started January 17th, with a presentation by Northland Pines High School (Eagle River) Peace Studies teacher, Deb Foster, who shared the story of the peace studies course at Northland Pines.

We chose THE SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE as our theme for this series because of its proximity to the 64-calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30th and that of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4th. The purpose of the season, inagurated in 1998, is to focus education and community action on attaining peace and justice in the spirit of Gandhi and King. January 17th is a national holiday honoring King's birthday in 1929.

The peace series is based on the curriculum for the Northland Pines Peace Studies class, which was developed by Colman McCarthy, founder of the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, DC. McCarthy is a former columnist for The Washington Post and has been teaching peace at universities and high schools in the nation's capital for more than 25 years.

The primary resource for the series is McCarthy's anthology, SOLUTIONS TO VIOLENCE. McCarthy says to read the essays in the anthology, absorb them intellectually, and then act on them, is to understand that noneviolence is as much as getting the bombs out of our hearts as it is about getting them out of the global aresenal. "The effort to develop a philosophy of nonviolent force demands strength from the intellect, patience from the heart and faith from the soul," according to McCarthy.

Many of the resources used in this series are available on the Class of Nonviolence website.

January 24: Personal Peacemaking and the Fundamentals of Nonviolence, facilitated by Mary Jo Berner

January 31: What Would Gandhi Do, facilitated by Debra Ketchum Jircik.

February 7: Intentional Living with Dorothy Day, facilitated by Betsy Schussler. Betsy

February 14: Global Nonviolent Resistance, facilitated by Ann Hewitt.

February 21: Women in the Peacemaking Process, facilitatedby Mary Jo Berner.

February 28: Moving from Problem-Describers to Solution-Finders, discussion facilitated by all the facilitators.





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