MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Personal Journey in Dialogue With Others

Preeta Bansal, Visiting Scholar

Jan/12 Thu 01:00PM-04:30PM E14-240

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Limited to 18 participants

This course will provide an opportunity for deep personal reflection, in connection with others, around recent political events – notably, the U.S. Presidential election and the Brexit vote, as well as recent events in India, the Philippines, and elsewhere that have arguably signaled widespread populist unrest and disruption of governance-as-usual.  These events have brought to the forefront issues of economic class, race, gender, national and religious identity, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of democratic institutions to address such issues. 

This course will not be conducted in a traditional classroom or seminar format, but rather as a circle, where students share ideas and emotional meanings drawn from personal experience, practice deep listening, and engage in self-reflection while in community with one another.  The emphasis is on relationship-building, respectful dialogue, and personal “meaning excavation” and sharing.  A circle process has been cited as a critical tool in nurturing the habits that form the basis for meaningful self-governance and democracy.






Contact: Heather Pierce, E14-526B, 617 324-4914, HAC@MEDIA.MIT.EDU