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OUT OF A MOUNTAIN OF DESPAIR, A STONE OF HOPE: The Relationship Between Hope and Despair in Times of Crisis, a lecture with Jennifer Selig, Ph.D.

  • Friday, March 09, 2018
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Butler Board Room, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington D.C. 20016


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Using Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement as a case study, this lecture explores the opposite but intertwined affects of hope and despair, and their relationship to our ability to take action in times of crisis. King’s complicated history with hope and despair is worth mining for its inspiration and wisdom today, as we too are living in a time of cultural disintegration and collective despair. The lecture will end by offering the symbol of the mandorla as a way to hold the tension of these opposite affects and still take action on behalf of King’s beloved community.  

Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD, is on the faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she was founding chair and current core faculty of the MA/PhD in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, and the MA in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life. She’s been an educator for 28 years, and her publications include Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning; Integration: The Psychology and Mythology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and His (Unfinished) Therapy With the Soul of America; and the forthcoming title Deep Creativity: Reflections on the Intersection of Life, Art, and Soul. Jennifer has been formally studying and speaking on Martin Luther King, Jr for the last 16 years, but has spent her whole life dreaming his dream of the beloved community forward.

Directions to Community Meeting venue - AUs Butler Board Room.pdf


5200 Cathedral Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016


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