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Religion Program presents
"Moving from Deference to Insurrection: Compassion with Teeth"
Max Zahn, founder of "Buddha on Strike"
Monday, March 17, 2014
In a recent op-ed, New York Times
columnist Nicolas Kristof declared, “There is an income gap in America, but just as important is a compassion gap.” He, like many on the left, invokes compassion as a precondition for moderate reform, let alone societal transformation. Is he right? If so, what might a truly more compassionate America look like? Activist and Buddha On Strike founder Max Zahn will explore how compassion functions in mainstream politics, and explain how a particularly Buddhist notion of compassion can move radical politics beyond demonizing elites and toward altering the structures that empower them. To demonstrate a case study in the efficacy and challenges of intentionally compassionate political action, he’ll draw upon his recent 42-day meditation protest outside Goldman Sachs headquarters.
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 201
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