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PRACTICE AND PREGNANCY: RETHINKING THE ‘BIRTH PLAN’ AS A MORAL STORY

Barry DeCoster, Ph.D.

In this paper, I take a philosophical look at the creation and use of “birth plans,” a common narrative tool many women are encouraged to write about how they hope their birth experience will proceed. While writing birth plans have become a frequent component for many women’s birth experiences, I seek to clarify the moral goals for writing birth plans, as well as raise a number of moral concerns about this practice.

 

AWAKENING TO WISDOM: THE PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY OF ECKHART TOLLE

Courtney D. Schlosser, Ed.D.

This study develops the philosophical assumptions, insights, and vision of Eckhart Tolle—one of the most enlightened thinkers of our time. It explores Tolle’s major categories and concepts relating to the Perennial Philosophy of the major religions and philosophies of history. Tolle argues that the madness and insanity of the modern world is traceable to an historic and psychological pain-body inherited from our most distant ancestors. The solution to the problem of pain and suffering is to cease identifying with forms that alienate one from the eternal Now of Life. Profound implications for a new ethics and culture of Earth based upon nonviolence, meditative living, and spiritual wisdom.

 

THE MATRIX OF PHILOSOPHY: THE QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING, KNOWLEDGE, AND NONVIOLENCE

Courtney D. Schlosser, Ed.D.

This CD-ROM contains three electronic books by the author covering Western and Asian philosophies and religions from ancient, medieval, modern and postmodern periods of history. An additional feature of the CD-ROM is its extensive anthology of primary and secondary sources in philosophy, theology, science, and literature. The three texts offer in-depth, philosophical analysis and synthesis of major philosophers, their lives, thought and writings in the context of schools of thought that they belonged to. Emphasis is upon the history and philosophy of Western schools of thought in the context of religious, ethical, and scientific currents and developments. Asian philosophies are Indian and Chinese in their ancient origins and developments.

 

GENOCIDE STUDIES AND PREVENTION: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL

Henry Theriault, Ph.D.

Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal is the foremost international journal of genocide studies and the official journal of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. Its mission is to understand the phenomenon of genocide, create an awareness of it as on ongoing scourge, and promote the necessity of preventing it, for both moral and pragmatic reasons. It seeks to educate, inform, and encourage new generations of scholars to conduct research on genocide and to provide a forum for those who wish to work towards preventing it. Henry Theriault is one of four general editors of the journal and is Special Editor for Volume 3, Number 2, August 2008.

 

APHRA BEHN: A WOMAN’S COMEDY

Kristin Waters, Ph.D.

On March 11, 2009, there was a reading of my play, Aphra Behn: A Woman’s Comedy, at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center in Waltham, featuring professional and award-winning actors such as Annette Liberman Miller (The Cherry Orchard, Martha Mitchell Calling). The play draws on the works of 17th century playwright and pioneer for women’s rights, Aphra Behn. Her writing is funny, sexy, bawdy, and full of insight about the human condition. This short work makes her writing and life accessible to a modern audience. The reading was followed by a Talkback moderated by Scott Edmiston, Director of the Arts at Brandeis.

 

CRYING OUT FOR LIBERTY: CONCEPTS OF FREEDOM AND RIGHTS IN THE ABOLITION MOVEMENT

Kristin Waters, Ph.D.

This essay, presented at the Southern Political Science Association meeting in January 2009, explores some of the deeper notions of racial patriarchy embedded in liberalism in contrast with radical liberation theories. The complex structures of racial patriarchy emerged with the developing Enlightenment ideologies of liberalism, particularly the specific ideas of equality and freedom put forth by Locke and Jefferson. Simultaneously, an oppositional discourse was developing through the works of Aphra Behn, Mary Wollstonecraft, Olaudah Equiano, David Walker, Maria W. Stewart and others, who exposed the inconsistencies and hypocrisy of classical liberal theory and practice.

 

REVIEW OF THE TROUBLE BETWEEN US: AN UNEASY HISTORY OF WHITE AND BLACK WOMEN IN THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT

Kristin Waters, Ph.D.

Review of The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement by Winifred Breines. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006) Review by Kristin Waters and Carol Conaway in the Journal of American History, the leading scholarly publication and the journal of record in American history. This review addresses Breines’ treatment of the early Civil Rights Movement, particularly racial and gender tensions during Freedom Summer and in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). It evaluates Breines’ analysis of the attempts to build bridges across misunderstandings in the 1970s using common concerns such as violence against women and homophobia.


 
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