Confronting Ourselves, Cultivating Community (2017-2018)
In her book Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, author bell hooks writes “too often we think of community in terms of being with folks like ourselves: the same class, same race, same ethnicity, same social standing and the like. I think we need to be wary: we need to work against the danger of evoking something that we don’t challenge ourselves to actually practice.” So how do we practice community? It starts with an inward reflection of the self -- something that requires us to look at our multiple identities and ask the questions, “Who am I?” and “How do I navigate the world I live in?” Understanding that our lived experiences are products of the identities we hold, whether visible or invisible, allows us to see the complexities in the people around us. This task is not easy, and it comes with many mistakes and difficult truths from which we have an obligation to grow. As Leo Tolstoy says “everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” This year's invited speakers will open up a conversation about the responsibility we each have in confronting ourselves in order to cultivate a community in which we work together, hold one another accountable, and honor one another.
At Miss Porter’s School, the student and faculty voice is valued. The Journey Talks program expands on the school’s Visiting Speakers Series theme by providing a monthly opportunity for members of the community to share a snapshot of their life’s journey. Journey Talks typically run for approximately 10 minutes and occur at pre-designated Morning Meetings.
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