• Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy
  • Make sure you have finished Yoga for a World Out of Balance

Announcement (in case you missed it in week 8): John DeGraaf at “Take Back Your Time Day” sent out a call for internship applications.  Check out their work, including an announcement about John’s latest film, at

BILL’S SEMINAR: Independent Projects are due at 5 PM Thursday afternoon, December 3.  It would be nicer if you can give him a hard copy of your work before 6 PM on Wednesday, December 2.  (He will be at the academic fair in the Gym from 4 – 6 PM.  That would be a good drop-off point.  You can also scoot it under his office door, Lab II, rm 3264, on Wednesday before 5 PM.)  Work submitted on Thursday should be done via email.


Student-led seminars – please bring both Macy AND Stone to seminar today.

Due: Bring these pieces of writing to seminar and see how they might start your conversation.  No need to re-write them.

  • Write one paragraph on your current understanding of Hope and how it has changed from this reading.
  • Write one paragraph on your current understanding of Power and how it has changed from this reading.
  • In class one day, one of you “accidentally “ referred to Stone’s  book as Yoga for a Fucked Up World. Please find three connections between Macy’s work in Active Hope and the ideas presented by Michael Stone.
  • Review ch. 4 and the seven common resistances to pain. Bring in an example from the media in which you see one of these resistance strategies being used. Discuss this in one paragraph.
  • Write 3 conceptual questions that have emerged for you from reading this part of the book.


Discussion of Macy


  • CK and TAS’s seminars hand in a seminar description.  
  • EVERYONE: your ticket from yesterday AND the Connect, Extend Challenge (CEC) assignment  (which was also given Week 1 for a different text).  As you read the text, or after you have read it and you go back and reflect on it, mark your margins with a pen in the following way: a.  A check mark indicating where the ideas and information presented CONNECTED to what you already know b.  An “E” beside new ideas that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions, and c. A “?” next to what is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you to get your mind around.  Bring these marked up texts to class on Tuesday. 


Film and discussion: I AM

After class:
1-3 pm
Library Lobby
In the wake of the recent Paris attacks and the Beirut bombings, the world has seen heightened rhetoric and hate crimes against Arabs and Muslims.  This shift in national discourse, along with increased bombing in Syria and the ever-growing refugee crisis, has been taken advantage of by conservatives, like Presidential candidates who have called for the registration, tracking, and increased surveillance of Muslims.  Yet, Muslims worldwide emphatically reject the violence of ISIS as having anything to do with Islam, and Syrian refugees are fleeing the violence of both ISIS and the Assad regime.  At home, Governor Inslee issued a strong statement welcoming Syrian refugees to Washington State but has come under criticism by some in the state legislature. 
This panel of Evergreen faculty, alumni, staff and students will address perspectives on recent events from Paris, the US, and our local community, and suggest how we can respond.   
Sarah Eltantawi, Professor of Comparative Religion and Islamic Studies, on Isis, Syria and Islamophobia
Miriam Padilla, Evergreen student, on losing her cousin in the Paris Attacks
Stacey Davis, Professor of European History, on a view from Paris
Themba Lewis, Evergreen ’99 Grad, MA from Oxford in Refugee and Forced Migrations Studies, on the global refugee crisis
Amadou Ba, Evergreen Staff and member of the Islamic community, on personal reflections


Final Synthesis paper due

Movement Workshop – Wear Comfortable Clothes for Movement

Due:  Bill’s seminar projects due by 5 pm!