Candidate films / directors

For now, a somewhat arbitrary list of titles that floated into awareness.Many of these were listed on the September 2022 Ministry Fair “Faith and Film” flyer.Standing invitation to suggest others, add dates and directors, and importantly, to prune the list.One model: Identify a set of themes/topics of common interest and then match films that correspondContinue reading “Candidate films / directors”

America’s right wing intellectuals undergo illiberal transformation

America’s right wing intellectuals undergo illiberal transformation By Marc-Olivier Bherer (South Bend, Indiana; Steubenville, Ohio; and Washington, DC, special correspondent)Published on November 5, 2022 at 12h00 14 min. InvestigationA nexus of American Catholic intellectuals are advocating a regime change to end abortion and fight the increased focus on identity issues, which they associate with liberalContinue reading “America’s right wing intellectuals undergo illiberal transformation”

Credible Skills, or Hollow Credentials?

A recent coincidence: On the same day the NY Times reported that NYU ousted an adjunct professor after students’ complained that his organic chemistry class was too hard, my director summoned me, also now with adjunct status, to share the scuttlebutt on my teaching. NYT editors solicited comments from students and profs, and published aContinue reading “Credible Skills, or Hollow Credentials?”

Piketty: Moving away from three-tier democracy

Thomas Piketty Professor at EHESS (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris) and the Paris School of Economics According to the French economist, rebuilding a left-right divide centred on questions of redistribution and social inequality is the central issue of France’s legislative elections. Moving away from three-tier democracy Published on June 11, 2022 atContinue reading “Piketty: Moving away from three-tier democracy”

Pentecost Poems / Christian Poets

During the forum on Pentecost, June 5, 2022, eight of these poems were presented by several volunteer readers, in the Parish Hall or via Zoom. The request for readers:If you would like to participate as a reader, please choose one or two from this list or suggest other poems.The poem titles are links to webContinue reading “Pentecost Poems / Christian Poets”

Denazify signals anti-Semitism

Jason Stanley, Yale philosophy professor, author of How Propaganda Works and How Fascism Works, unpacks “deNazification”. JS interviewed by Brooke Gladstone in the final segment of an On the Media podcast – excerpt of transcript below.      4 March 2022 Brooke G  37:29This is on the media. I’m Brooke Gladstone. When Putin declared war on UkraineContinue reading “Denazify signals anti-Semitism”

Reflections on Implicit Bias Training

October 2, 2021 In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the widespread BLM protests, the leadership of my Christian congregation considered various programs that would both boost the awareness of the persistent systemic racism throughout the United States, and ideally, motivate members to engage locally in activities that address social injustices, especiallyContinue reading “Reflections on Implicit Bias Training”

Annex 1: Canvas method and validity

Rationale for canvassing: Admission: I was not a faithful student with suggested homework, for example, journaling. So, it would not be in good faith to claim that my views are representative of other participants.             Several people attended some early sessions and then dropped, for reasons unknown to me. Spectrum of conjectured reasons: From aContinue reading “Annex 1: Canvas method and validity”

Annex 2. Racial Literacy

Until recently, racial literacy was the core of IBT; racial healing is more recent.FW Twine, A White Side of Black Britain 2010:  Racial literacy includes: 1. recognition of racism as a contemporary rather than historical problem, 2. consideration of the ways in which race and racism are influenced by other factors such as class, gender,Continue reading “Annex 2. Racial Literacy”

Annex 5. Risk of weakening the guide’s influence

Julia Galef is a leader among those promoting a revival of rationality in private discussion and public discourse. Like IBT aiming at sub-conscious attitudes, Galef urges us to be alert to our universally shared cognitive biases. A central theme in her book “The Scout Mindset” is that we would do well on occasion to “hideContinue reading “Annex 5. Risk of weakening the guide’s influence”

Annex 3. Other ways to invest effort and resources

When and in what contexts does an increase in the personal awareness of systemic racism matter?     Suggested texts: – IX Kendi 2006 Stamped From the Beginning, a history of racist policies and crimes from Aristotle to today. A key message: Racist policies precede development and rationalization of racist ideologies. – Eric Foner   1988:  ReconstructionContinue reading “Annex 3. Other ways to invest effort and resources”

Annex 4. Flawed notions of biological intergenerational transmission of trauma in MGH.

Some MGH content/quotes, often paraphrased, that were presented during the sessions, with comments: “In the aftermath of highly stressful or traumatic situations, our soul nerve [vagus] and lizard brain may embed a reflexive trauma response in our bodies.” (“lizard brain” is no longer an accepted concept) “… form of racialized trauma lives in the bodiesContinue reading “Annex 4. Flawed notions of biological intergenerational transmission of trauma in MGH.”

Methods of clinical trauma management

Along with the unconfirmed notion that bodies are born with inherited trauma, MGH’s author emphasizes the practices of somatic therapy for traumatic stress, “body work,” approaches that are not yet among those that enjoy the greatest level of evidential support.A cursory survey in Google Scholar reveals that even the most widely used treatments for trauma,Continue reading “Methods of clinical trauma management”