WINTER 2021 EVENTS

Discussion Series

BUILDING COMMUNITY ACROSS DIVIDES: LESSONS FROM FAR AND NEAR

What can we learn from peace workers around the world who are using dialogue, mediation, and other community-based approaches to heal divides and interrupt cycles of violence? Drawing on Karuna Center’s partnerships in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Nigeria, as well as promising efforts in the US, this discussion series will highlight creative, innovative, and successful responses to conflict that are building community and supporting lasting peace.

As an organization based in the U.S, Karuna Center is very aware that many people across the country are looking for ways to address the increasing political polarization, prevent further political violence, and build broad alliances here at home for positive social change. The goal of this series is to highlight and inspire efforts within the U.S. that can help us all move beyond polarization and us-versus-them ways of thinking to address deeper, underlying causes of violence in our society, together.

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Lecture, Workshop, & Dialogue Series

ERASURE AND RESTORATION:

An Understanding of Past and Present in the Kwinitekw Valley’s Indigenous Communities

2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing in Wampanoag territory in 1620. We, and white people in particular, have yet to reckon with the centuries of violence and conflicts over land, resources, and values that began with the arrival of Europeans. The way this history is most often told—by settlers’ descendants—excludes the voices of Indigenous peoples, downplays the systematic violence and attempted erasure that Indigenous communities have survived, and raises many questions about who gets to shape our understanding of history and why. The continued erasure of Indigenous stories and perspectives, in history and the present, calls into question whether colonialism is really “history” at all—or a system and set of policies that still actively shape our communities today. 

Through events facilitated by Indigenous people and non-Indigenous allies, this series will consider who the narrators of Indigenous history are, and make space for a strengths-based retelling, and analyze the meaning and matter of relationship-building, reconciliation, land caretaking, memory, and inclusive curricula that explore Indigenous histories, cultures, and lived experiences.

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