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Course on Great Turning at CIIS

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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After co-teaching the course on the Great Turning with Joanna at CIIS four times over past 10 years, I am offering it on my own this semester. It can be taken for graduate credit (2 units) or as an auditor and will take place over four days (a Thurs. and Sun. and a Sat. and Sun.. Feel free to contact me if you would like more information. There are still spaces left!

PARP 6506: The Great Turning

Spring 2017

2 units 

Prof. Sean Kelly

Thurs. and Sun., February 2nd and 5th: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sat. and Sun., February 18th and 19th: 10:00am to 6:00pm

 Course Description:

We live in a time of planetary transformation, where the fate not only of humanity but of the biosphere itself lies in question. It is a time of “great unraveling” of the structures of modern civilization and of the very fabric of life upon which civilization depends. At the same time, many millions of people across the planet are actively engaged in a more hopeful, though still uncertain, “Great Turning” devoted to the creation of life-sustaining societies and cultures in harmony with the long-term interests of the wider Earth community.

This course is devoted to catalyzing active participation in the Great Turning. Through lecture, dialogue, and experiential exercises drawn from Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects,” students engage the cognitive skills and moral imagination so called for in our times.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. To deepen understanding of the historical roots of the current global crisis.
  2. To stimulate moral and intellectual competencies for serving life in a time of social and ecological breakdown
  3. To discern the emerging features of a life-sustaining culture and civilization.
  4. To identify one’s potential roles within the Great Turning

Learning Activities:

Lecture, dialogue, and experiential exercises.


February 18
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 US
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