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The Man From the North: Story 14

Rivera Sun

The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today,” when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship.… read more

Q&A With Joseph Gardella

Joseph Gardella

Joseph H. Gardella is a student, researcher and teacher at the Community Research and Action PhD program at Vanderbilt University. He is also a member of our Strategic Advisory Council (SAC), which he joined last spring. As a member of our SAC, Joseph frequently offers insights and blog posts. We’re most grateful for his initiative—he… read more

Peace Education Inspiration: Colman McCarthy

In this week’s Education Corner, I’d like to share with you this interview with Colman McCarthy on C-SPAN2’s After Words program, which has given me great inspiration in my own teaching this month. As we approach the summer months, it’s a perfect time for us educators to reflect on our own teaching practice, and this interview provides… read more

The Man From the North: Story 13

Rivera Sun

The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today,” when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship.… read more

Acknowledging History

Black_Lives_Matter_protest

The following post was contributed by Adam Nolan, a participant in our current Certificate in Nonviolence Studies course. I have a few thoughts and things I have been grappling with for some time. It is striking to me that with each killing of an unarmed black man by police there is a renewed sense of… read more

Who We Are: The Spirit Behind Mothers’ Day

There was a time  years ago when I was reading Plato very closely – I was studying at Heidelberg at that time – and had a flash of insight about who Socrates really was. What I saw was not something I could easily share with my fellow students, then or now: that both Socrates and Jesus were at… read more

The Man From the North: Story 12

Rivera Sun

The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today,” when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship.… read more

A Walk With Hope: Ellen Murphy

The City of Bellingham, WA, commissioned Ellen Murphy to write and present the following poem on hope at the city’s MLK celebration this past January.  “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” ~Martin Luther King                                    A Walk With Hope We walked along the shore of the intuitive mind, the… read more

Restorative Practices in Schools

Continuum

Numerous schools have found that when they use zero-tolerance and exclusionary discipline practices, students miss vital instruction time, develop greater disconnection from school, and engage in detrimental behavior. Restorative practices (RPS) emerged to address discipline in a way that keeps students engaged in learning by reinforcing problem-solving skills, managing emotions, building relationships, and changing the… read more