Core 102History and the Modern World
Challenges of Democracy
Roger Williams University  GHH 108
Section 02 LLC T, TH   12:30 PM-1:50 PM
Spring Semester, 2017
Michael R. H. Swanson, Ph. D.
Office: GHH 215
Hours:  M, 12:00-1:00
T, Th,  9:30 - 10:20  Or By Appointment
Phone:  ext 3230
Challenges of Democracy
For Tuesday, May 9
Download, and Read, Markup, and and write reflections  for your Dropbox on

The Charter for Compassion   November 12, 2009
For the last day, I've chosen the shortest document in the Core Canon.  If you've been by my office, you've seen it posted to my buletin board, It seems a logical followup to Locke on Toleration and Winthrop's A Model of Christian Charity.
"The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating.

The paths are not to be found, but made.  And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination."
~ Johnn Schaar
We'll spend a bit of the class talking together about the Letter from 8 Clergmen
and the Letter from Birmingham Jail then on to...
On the left, you'll see the Charter for Compassion, read by a diverse group of people, perhaps as diverse as any you're like to see in a video this short.  Watch it a couple of times, and then, before you drop your marked up copy into your dropbox, write a comment about the strategy behing the presentation.  Is it a good strategy?  What do you think?  The Website for the Charter is here.  The charter also has a facebook page.  Click here to find it.

Some of you may have heard of TED.  "TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world." The video on the right is a Ted Talk given by Karen Armstrong, the force behind the Charter.

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