How do we talk together about violence in America?

Last night a small group came together for a deliberation on violence in America, particularly about guns. The deliberation was the final event in our series, Talking Together About Guns. We had Penn State students, university faculty, teachers, retired people, and elected officials. It was an interesting and diverse cross section of the Centre Region community.   … More How do we talk together about violence in America?

How do we reduce violence in America?

Next Wednesday evening, the residents of our community will wrestle with the issue of violence in America from several perspectives, with the hope and expectation that we can work toward finding areas of common ground. This is your invitation to join that conversation. Peter Buckland and Rosa Eberly’s articles on this page offer two perspectives; … More How do we reduce violence in America?

The COG resolves to welcome people from all cultures, religious beliefs, and ethnicities.

Last Monday, we in the Centre Region Council of Governments affirmed our commitment to “tolerance, mutual respect, equity, and inclusivity.” The COG representatives who voted for the resolution acted on love. It is love that calls for us to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, the love that Martin Luther Kind said, “will help us rise from dark yesterdays to … More The COG resolves to welcome people from all cultures, religious beliefs, and ethnicities.

Heavy metal musicians bring a social conscience and raise our social consciousness.

Heavy metal musicians aren’t just harbingers of doom. They are also voices of social consciousness. In this talk, I provide over 40 years of songs on the threats of nuclear war, globalization, the invasion of Iraq, demagogue politicians, and human-caused climate change. From Black Sabbath to Lamb of God, from Metallica to Forbidden and Xentrix, from Kreator … More Heavy metal musicians bring a social conscience and raise our social consciousness.

Nursing Education and Sustainability

At work I’m entering into a partnership with the College of Nursing to explore sustainability as part of nursing education. So often we apply sustainability — the simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, economic well-being, and environmental quality today and tomorrow — to big systems like agriculture, water, and energy. But right now, I’m … More Nursing Education and Sustainability