Further thoughts on the cultural labor of poetry and art. Not merely "is it good?," but "what has it accomplished?"...reviews of recent poetry collections; selected poems and art dealing with war/peace/social change; reviews of poetry readings; links to political commentary (particularly on conflicts in the Middle East); youtubed performances of music, demos, and other audio-video nuggets dealing with peaceful change, dissent and resistance.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Colman McCarthy, on Teaching Peace
Shout out to Tim Musser for sending this lecture by Colman McCarthy, whom I heard over twenty years ago at a conference on homelessness.
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Thanks for posting this, Phil. Colman had a fine remembrance column in the Washington Post recently on the life of Sargent Shriver. McCarthy is one of a fading generation who is still kicking and agitating for nonviolence.
Joseph, one of my recent sadnesses has been to realize that one of the post-Sixties models of framing peace theory (nonviolence v. violence) has been lost to more pragamatic, scientific, but less prophetic and charismatic formulations of social justice. McCarthy, Zinn, Berrigan, Day,--these titans of nonviolent dissent will need to be remembered, recycled, by those of us thinking into the new dilemmas (which are yet the old dilemmas) of the 21st century.
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