*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Civics in Charlottesville: From Us-Against-Them to We-For-Each-Other

Political polarization is a clear symptom of the national disorder which afflicts us. As a country, we’ve been working as opposites–us against them–for so long that our social compact has suffered grievous harm. The course will hope to renew the substance of our polity; our stake in each other. Even in Charlottesville, a heated argument smolders about what to do with the statue in Lee Park, which exploded in violence last summer. Our challenge is not to win a debate. It is to walk uphill together. To enable that musculature, we will use philosophy from Martin Buber and others, exercises adapted from Outward Bound, research into perception, and inquiry into the substance of our experience of others to improve the culture of the country we live in.  

Instructor Bio:

An independent academic, schoolteacher, and exercise instructor, Henry McHenry grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and has taught for years in the Upward Bound program and as a substitute in Albemarle County schools. He holds a BA in English from Yale and a PhD in English Language, Literature and Pedagogy from UVA.

Required Reading:


Recommended Reading:

Martin Buber, I and Thou, 1971. Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace, 1996. Michael Lewis,  The Undoing Project, 2017.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A506 Henry McHenry Jr. Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 Fr 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. OLLI Conference Room WL

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