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Two Short Courses in January

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By Cliff DuRand

Here is an opportunity to deepen your experience in San Miguel this month. The Center for Global Justice is offering two week-long courses to get you thinking in new directions. As one winter visitor said last year, “I came to San Miguel for a vacation, and I got an education.” The Center for Global Justice is a valuable research and learning center. Make the most of it.

Short course
Center for Global Justice presents
“19th Century Communitarian Societies” with Dr. Joan Roelofs
Mon, Jan 18; Tue, Jan 19; Thu, Jan 21, and Fri, Jan 22, 10am-12pm
Center for Global Justice
Calzada de la Luz 42
200 pesos for all 4 sessions

“Direct Action” with Dr. Victor Bremson
Mon, Jan 25; Tue, Jan 26; Thu, Jan 28, and Fri, Jan 29, 10:30am-12:30pm
Quinta Loreto TV room
200 pesos for all 4 sessions


Our Communitarian Heritage

While the US is a very individualistic society today, that was not always the case. Historically, there have been strong communitarian movements, and even today there are many inspiring examples of communities coming together in cooperation to deal with problems such as natural disasters, hunger, or homelessness. Dr. Joan Roelofs will help us retrieve some of this communitarian heritage in a short course, “19th Century Communitarian Societies.” The Center for Global Justice is sponsoring the week-long course from January 18 to 22.

Dr. Roelofs is a retired professor of Political Science who has written extensively about alternative social thought and practice. Her course will explore the nineteenth-century Shakers, Hutterites, Oneida Community, Brook Farm, and others. Why did people decide to live communally? What were the religious and socialist inspirations? Why did the communitarian movement eventually fade? Are there lessons for the problems of this day and age? This illustrated course will open your eyes to an often neglected part of our past.

Responding to Oppression Without Violence

This summer we witnessed a series of disruptive demonstrations in the United States by Black Lives Matter. Were these effective nonviolent direct actions? Some felt they were, while others thought they were hostile. These actions are seldom spontaneous and require great planning. Creating effective nonviolent direct actions will be the major objective of a workshop sponsored by the Center for Global Justice and facilitated by Dr. Victor Bremson, January 26 to 29.

Protesters have some difficult realities to face. Protests against the realpolitik in both the United States and Mexico are very difficult. The media has been fragmented and regularly reports and spins stories to fit its audiences. The governments in both countries use extrajudicial means to control their populations. It is risky for the individual to take a stand.

The Direct Action workshop will examine historical examples of effective protests in the United States and other places around the world, including Mexico. It is designed to help participants create effective direct actions in their own communities.


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