You’ve heard of romantic love. Love between friends.
But what about political love?
“We’re going to talk about love as a form of politics,” says Kevin P. Considine, Assistant Professor of Theology at Calumet College of St. Joseph, who will lead a discussion called “Kick Butt or Turn the Other Cheek” during Humanities Fest at CCSJ.
This will be a forum that centers around forms of nonviolent resistance. It will give students an opportunity to openly discuss what it means to love your enemy now in 2017, with different cultures, different ideas and Donald Trump as president.
“There are things that are simmering in students’ minds, whether it’s about racism, about refugees, immigration, LGBT, all kinds of different things,” Professor Considine says. “I’m trying to focus this on what does it mean to ‘love your enemy’ in March 2017.”
This year’s theme for Humanities Fest is the concept of love since love is the key ingredient that brings society together.
“Love is something different, love can be resistance, and love can be protest, but when love is tested by an enemy, should we kick butt or turn the other cheek?” Professor Considine asks.
Professor Considine says the idea behind the forum grew out of a discussion last year on the Black Lives Matter movement.
But the main question Professor Considine wants to ask is: Does nonviolent resistance of love work anymore in 2017?
The debate-style forum will bring forth the similarities hidden in students’ minds, whether it’s about immigration, racism, sexism, refugees or LGBT.
The participants will get an overview of three influential men in different time periods and dissimilar cultures: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Gandhi who proposed their ideas of love, despite their religion differences.
“The way we think of love is romantic love or friendship, but what about political love?” Professor Considine says. “Martin Luther King Jr. was a Christian that believed he had no choice but to love his own enemies. Malcolm X rejected the idea of loving his enemies because he felt, you can’t love someone who’s trying to harm you. Opposed to Gandhi that felt love must be endured by all.”
In today’s economy, love and social justice is a way of politics, Professor Considine explains.
“It was a necessary method to be taken seriously in order for people to trust thy neighbor. Many question aroused when asking what does loving an enemy have to do with politics? Who is the enemy? Are you the enemy? Who is your enemy or should you consider them an enemy,” asks Professor Considine. “The idea of the forum isn’t to get a right or wrong answer. It’s to get people talking, to get discussion going.”
The forum will include a student panel who will discuss their own idea of love.
Should we take a stand together or fall beneath? Let your voice be heard.
The forum takes place Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Room 200 at 1:45 p.m.
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