Tuesdays in the month of April from 6:30 to 8pm
Understanding the Power and Value of Empathy, Practicing and Building Our Empathy Tool Box
- In our first session we will learn about empathy, what it is, why we need it now more than ever, and how we can learn to practice it in our daily lives.
- In our second session we will deeply exam the other, those who are not us and we perceive to be different than us, and how we can go deep within ourselves to form a better understanding.
- In this session we will do a self-assessment of our empathy capacity and then begin to build our tool box of empathy practices, and techniques that will benefit those around us, to deeper our experience of the other.
- Practice, practice, practice, we will apply what we have learned to real life situations using our empathy tool boxes to go deep and find meaning in our relationships to the other and the world and communities we all share.
Each session will be two hours long and once a week for weeks. The required reading for this class is “ Origin of Others “ by Toni Morrison. In addition to the book, there will be articles, film and music shared with participants by the instructor.
Joel Green Bio– Joel has been a resident of Peterborough, New Hampshire for the last 30 years. He has had a career in the art of helping for over thirty-five years serving in leadership and clinical roles in non-profit organizations providing services for people with disabilities, those who are homeless, live with mental illness, people living in poverty and veterans. He has also been a college instructor for more than thirty years, currently on the faculty of Granite State College where he teaches psychology and sociology courses.
Joel has had a life-long passion for the arts and music., advocacy for social justice . He also has spent many hours volunteering in the community, a member of the Peterborough Folk Music Society for fourteen years, the Monadanock Lyceum, Creating Positive Change, the Conval School Board and currently serves on two non-profit board of directors, Monadnock at Home and of course and very happily, the Glass Museum the sponsors of The Thing in the Spring.