August 11, 2017

A Course on Empathy

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September 12, 2017 - September 12, 2017

September 12th and 19th at 6:30pm

Registration Required

Instructor: Joel Green BSSW, M Ed. Counseling Psychology

Purpose: At a time when the level of Cultural and Personal Narcissism is on the rise, this course is designed to focus on developing a better understanding of each other. We will address issues of alienation, as we tend to dwell in our personally assigned bubbles, bumping into each other, yet rarely connecting to each other, and examine the need for understanding our very strong and varying views. Our goal is to learn how we have arrived at our views on a variety of social issues, and why a person may hold these views so strongly.

Course Design: This course will be held at the Peterborough Public Library. The participants will be adults with a true interest in learning new ideas, thoughts and perspectives on the challenging social issues of our time. The course will meet twice in the month of September. Each session there will be assigned reading on the topic of the week and then each class will feature a topic to be debated between teams of two students. The requirement would be for each student to debate their partner on the topic but from the perspective on the issue that is opposite of their actual view, concerning the issue. This will be facilitated by the instructor to help each student gain some perspective on their partner’s different point of view and why they may have arrived at their views. Our goal is to arrive at a new understanding on a variety of topics, but not necessarily agreement. Class size will be limited to 12 students.

Email Mary Hubbard at to register.

Schedule of Topics:

All participants should read Ta- Nehisi Coates book, Between the World and Me, before the second meeting.

Week One– Introduction to the meaning and application of empathy, how the course will work and hands on activity related to at least two socially important topics discussed to be determined by the participants from a list provided by the instructor.

Week Two– We will examine race in America, discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates book and put into practice the art of empathy and understanding strong opposing views than our own, their origin, power and rationale that one uses to support their view that they are deeply attached to.

About The instructor:

Joel Green 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. He has a Master in Education, Counseling Psychology.










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