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The Song Within Thinking Outwardly

Video: The Song Within Thinking Outwardly: Navajo Thought and Poetry

March 7, 2019

In Navajo worldview, thought creates the world, which is then spoken into being. This process places sacred value on the power of language. Sherwin Bitsui’s poetry attempts to connect Diné thought to a changed world by translating the present through an encoding rooted in his culture and language. In this excerpt from his talk at Harvard Divinity School, he offered insight into how Navajo thought and language can inform a poetics, thus opening possibilities for poetry.

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry: Dissolve, Flood Song, and ...

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Professor Cornell Brooks

Video: Faith and Faustian Bargains: Compromise, Complicity, and Courage in Leadership

February 27, 2019

Race and religion are among the best predictors of how Americans choose a president. Race and religion are also bases for political compromises that call into question our moral credibility on issues ranging from voting rights to police brutality.

Cornell Brooks and Todne Thomas discuss how we demonstrate courage when we...

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Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

Video: The Subversive Politics of Sentient Places: Climate Change, Collective Ethics, and Environmental Justice in Northern Peru

February 20, 2019

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York-Buffalo, speaks on poor mestizos in northern Peru, who offer a new way to theorize humanism and sentient landscapes that interact with humans in terms of environmental justice, collective ethics, and health.... Read more about Video: The Subversive Politics of Sentient Places: Climate Change, Collective Ethics, and Environmental Justice in Northern Peru

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Video: Writing and the Art of Attention

September 12, 2018

Religious traditions insist on the importance of cultivating our faculty of attention, whether it be attention to ourselves, others, our environment, or the presence of the divine in any of these three. This panel will explore whether and how the practice of writing, especially fiction writing, helps us cultivate this art of attention. What is it about writing, and the imagination and patience required, that helps us learn how better to attend?... Read more about Video: Writing and the Art of Attention