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Writings of Healing and Resistance

Empathy and the Imagination-Intellect


Mary E. Weems

Writings of Healing and Resistance: Empathy and the Imagination-Intellect is a multi-authored, interdisciplinary journey. It continues the work started in Public Education and the Imagination-Intellect (Peter Lang, 2003) by extending the importance of empathy in developing an action-based social consciousness. Mary E. Weems doesn’t argue for a specific way of pursuing an empathy connected to mind, body, and spirit: She acknowledges that just as artists work in various media, each with their own process for sharing how they think and feel about a particular topic or moment, each individual may arrive in their own way at a deep, spiritual, close identification with the experiences of the other. Writings of Healing and Resistance encompasses a variety of forms: autoethnography, ethnodrama, poetic inquiry, and critical essay, as well as scholars’ work in a number of disciplines including communications, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, educational leadership, African American studies, and cultural foundations.
Contents: Norman K. Denzin: Introduction: Hope, Pedagogy and the Imagination-Intellect – Mary E. Weems: One Love: Empathy and the Imagination-Intellect – Susan V. Iverson: A Space for Imagination: The Power of Group Process and Reflective Writing to Cultivate Empathy for Self and Others – Mitra Emad: Anarchic Thinking in Acupuncture’s Origins: The Body as a Site for Cultivating Imagination-Intellect – Dominique C. Hill: Call and Response: Writing to Answer the Urge of a Bruised Spirit – Elyse Pineau: The Kindness of [Medical] Strangers: An Ethnopoetic Account of Embodiment, Empathy, and Engagement – Amira Davis: The Poetics of Black Mother-Womanhood – Mary E. Weems: Stop in the Name of: An Auto/ethnographic Response to Violence against Black Women – Norman K. Denzin: A Telephone Call – Durrell Callier: Tell It: A Contemporary Chorale for Black Youth Voices – Akil Houston: Tasseography as a Healing Practice: Education in a Post-Racial Classroom – Mary E. Weems: What Does It Mean to Be a Nigger in the Academy? – Marcelo Diversi/Claudio Moreira: Migrant Stories: Searching for Healing in Autoethnographies of Diaspora – Jonathan Wyatt: In Trouble: Desire, Deleuze, and the Middle-Aged Man.