Kim Harris in Class

Kim Harris in Class

I have the honour of having Kim Harris speaking in class at Stonehill College, today.

http://www.stonehill.edu/news-media/news/details/martin-institute-welcomes-dr-kim-harris-storyteller-who-integrates-the-arts-and-humanities/

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Billy Bragg on Empathy

Billy Bragg on Empathy


“Something that seems to be under attack in your country and in mine these days is empathy. For people like me, as a musician, my currency is empathy…[We] need to fight or cynicism and make theconnection between empathy and action. Because if you much empathy and action,you get solidarity. That’s what I want to see.”

And  empathy needs a presence in or lives and our work place.

From DigBoston SKIFFLE BALL: THE GREAT BILLY BRAGG ON INSPIRATIONAL GRASSROOTS AND GIVING UP BEING HIP

Why Poetry?

Courtesy: EccoIn a quote from forthcoming (August 15, 2017) book, Matthew Zapruder writes that in poetry there is “an intuitive, associative understanding that you can get from poems, which can really open a person up and make them aware of other human beings, of themselves, and of the natural world.”  Zapruder, who has published four collections of poetry and edited the poetry page of the New York Times Magazine. “It does that in a way that can’t be done by any other form of writing.”

In a way though this is what careful reading of any text that is written with care. And this understanding is what the humanities give us all.

From the PBS Newshour website

Role of the Arts in Education and Society

3b88d-gretchen-van-lithonlinesmallestThe Necessary Role of the Arts in Education and Society: Finding the Creative Power Within Us to Control Our Lives and Shape Our Destinies