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Transforming Hate – A Perspective Leap
January 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
NOTE: This workshop is free but you must make a commitment to attend all four sessions. All are welcome. Email email@example.com to sign up. Transforming Hate – A Perspective Leap:Exploring the Infrastructure of Forgiveness, Through Creative Writing“It is when race-thinking solidifies into racism that we face the doom of the Western world, and, for that matter, of the whole of human civilization.” Hannah ArendtThis workshop begins from the consideration that our culture lacks rituals and practices for cultural healing and reunification, and as much as we would like to divide our collective traumas by the clear assignments of perpetrator and victim this dichotomy ultimately does not allow for the transformation and release of social complexes that is characteristic of authentic healing. And if we are to move forward and discover a more compassionate society, we must heal. This workshop is designed to do just that by utilizing the tools of creative writing. Together, we will be exploring and developing personal models of healing and reunification.Questions we will be considering through discussion and writing practices:• How does trauma travel across communities?• How does hate solidify itself into a social complex?• What role can forgiveness play in disarming the rigid complexes of racism and antisemitism, and other forms of social ‘othering’?• How do we prevent racial prejudices from hardening into the ideology of racism?• What does forgiveness look like?This workshop will take place over four sessions:Sat January 11th 10am – 12pm: Memory and the Personal EssaySun January 12th 10am – 12pm: Salient Detail and Creative WritingSat January 18th 10am – 12pm: The Liminal State and PoetrySun January 19th 10am – 12pm: Creating a Practical Model of Introspection, TogetherEach session builds upon the work of the prior session and thus the commitment of attendance must me to the entirety of the program.Finally, we will be working with sensitive materials from our personal experiences and some of the most activating trigger points in current events. For this reason each participant should enter into the work with full consent.For our purposes we define “consent” as agreeing together to occupy an intellectual space where we will be asked to confront challenging issues upon which there may be much disagreement. By entering into this workshop we agree to treat one another with outmost respect from the principle of ‘good faith.’Guide Bio:Nikita Nelin was born in Russia and immigrated to the U.S in 1989. His work takes on a borderless perspective, exploring contemporary culture from the fringe in his journalism, and the nature of lineage and likeness between difference through his fiction and creative nonfiction. He received the Sean O’Faolain Prize for short fiction, the Summer Literary Seminars Prize for nonfiction, and the Dogwood Nonfiction Prize. He memoir, The Fifth Season, was a finalist for the 2017 Restless Books Immigrant Prize as well as the 2018 Dzanc Nonfiction Prize. He holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, is a 2019 associate fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center, and is a member of the artist group the Southern Collective Experience.https://www.facebook.com/events/583025299127881/