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Welcome!

April 13, 2012

***Announcing a new video link to short documentary by Christopher Chung! See ‘Videos’ menu on right and scroll down***

***Announcing a new video link to short documentary film by Clay Venetis! See ‘Videos’ menu on right and scroll down***

This blog accompanies an international, interdisciplinary seminar sponsored by the Guestbook Project and the Institute of Liberal Arts, Boston College 2011-2012. It is designed as a forum in which seminar participants, affiliates, and online guests may interact and discuss themes pertaining to issues of narrative, empathy, and hospitality. Seminar readings and other links may be found by navigating this site. Please feel free to initiate, and/or respond to, discussion topics.

Directors:
Richard Kearney (Philosophy, BC)
Sheila Gallagher (Fine Arts, BC)
Robert Savage (History, BC)

Associate Directors:
Fanny Howe (Visiting Chair, Lannan Center for Poetics & Social Practice, Georgetown)
Martin Melarkey (Nervecentre, Derry),
Sarit Larry (Jerusalem-BC)
James Taylor (Mitrovica-BC)
Petra Belkovic (Mitrovica-Harvard)
Chris Yates (Webmaster-BC)

Schedule for Joint Meetings at Boston College:
October 11: Narratives in Divided Cities
Devlin 101 (6:30-8:30pm) with Richard Kearney:
View Divided Cities videos
Read/Discuss: “Narrative Matters,” “Where do Stories Come From?”, “Exchanging Memories”

November 3: Narratives in Northern Ireland 
Gasson 216 (BC) (12-2pm) with Robert Savage:
View: The Crying Game (clip)
Read/Discuss: “Guest of the Nation”

December 5: Narratives in Contemporary Art
BC Fine Arts Department (5:30-7:30pm) with Sheila Gallagher:
View: TBA videos on Contemporary Art Work
Read/Discuss: “A Theory of Narrative Empathy”

PLEASE NOTE:
The discussions afoot in the ‘comments’ to this post have been wonderful. But in an effort to focus these conversations we have set up topical posts below. If, for example, you would like to participate in the conversation concerning Jerusalem, please post your comment under that post. If you have more general comments/queries you may continue to note them here. Thank you!

A Tale of Two Sons: Exchanging Narratives in the Abrahamic Tradition

December 3, 2011

Reham Elnory & Kevin Rothman offer two perspectives on the Abrahamic Tradition. See links and make comments below.

Reham Elnory

Hayyim Rothman

Exchanging Narratives: Moderators’ Forum

October 19, 2011

This post will contain comments by project directors and co-directors. Comments will pertain to meeting details as well as general responses from the hosts to other streams of conversation.

Forms of Narrative (media/arts/internet)

October 19, 2011

Please continue and/or initiate conversations pertaining to Forms of Narrative here. For context and initial exchanges please see the comments appended to the ‘Welcome’ post above.

Trauma & Therapy

October 19, 2011

Please continue and/or initiate conversations pertaining to Trauma/Therapy here.

Forgiveness

October 19, 2011

Please continue and/or initiate conversations pertaining to Forgiveness here. Our initial wave of discussion on this topic may be found in the comments appended to the ‘Welcome’ post above.

Jerusalem

October 19, 2011

Please continue and/or initiate conversations pertaining to Jerusalem here. A prior discussion, which no doubt remains of interest to many of us, may be found in the comments appended to the ‘Welcome’ post above.

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