It seems impossible that the inauguration occurred only nine days ago. And while the administration proves itself to be no more than we already feared, we see the public become more than we were before the 20th. In our current class series, we explore ways of creating, fostering, and supporting civic engagement in a time of upheaval.
Our series began with a discussion of several engagement strategies set out by organizations working to redefine political action under the present administration. See our notes from the last class here for a full recap.
This week, we'll continue to explore and develop methodologies for civic engagement. But, we also will be taking a step back by grounding our work with a few texts to help us remember.
Partha Chatterjee's "Whose Imagined Community?" reminds us that definitions of who make up a nation are not handed down from on high.
James Baldwin's letter to his nephew, "My dungeon shook," reminds us that there is no power or freedom without understanding.
Rebecca Solnit's opening two chapters from Hope in the Dark reminds us that language does more than obfuscate and agitate, it can also feed us. As does Rilke's "Quiet friend that has come so far."
Join us this Wednesday, 10am, at Flitch Coffee as we discuss what's next together.