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Radical Listening: Narrative Medicine for a Polarized World

June 13, 2019 @ 4:00 am - June 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm


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FOR everyone.

Listening across great divides allows us to understand and empathize with others. When we grasp the foundation of another’s beliefs by receiving their accounts of themselves, polarization gives way to understanding and acceptance. Radical listening is a first step toward healing the destructive divides that afflict our country and our world. This intensive training brings together leaders in psychology, medicine, the humanities, social activism, and the creative arts to inspire and equip us to take radical action in the face of rising racism, sexism, classism, and nationalism. Highlighting many levels of listening, from personal to public, the program includes activities such as

  • Plenary and small-group presentations
  • Creative arts and cultural revelations
  • Writing for discovery
  • Meditation and nature contemplation
  • Dyadic work toward deep knowledge of self and others
  • Mobilizing for activism.

Several groups committed to the rise of radical listening toward social justice are coming together to offer this unique program: Columbia Narrative Medicine’s healing through stories, Carol Gilligan’s Listening Guides, Narrative 4’s story exchange for empathy, Open Society Foundation’s commitment to global justice, and Narativ’s storytelling have combined to create a powerful synthesis of action. Come discover new ways to achieve social justice and personal healing as you learn the art of radical listening.

Faculty: Rita Charon, Carol Gilligan, Paul Browde, Lipi Roy, Noor Marie Jones-Bey, Ssanyu Birigwa, Jacqueline Cruz, Lillian de Jesus, and Brett Davidson

For Registration and Queries contact @ 800.741.7353


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