Dates/Times: February 10 (1-6pm) and February 11 (9am-5pm)
Location: In person at Union Theological Seminary
Instructor: Karen G. Williams
Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 29
In the wake of protests confronting racial injustice and anti-Black racism in the summer of 2020, a newfound attentiveness towards abolition has reemerged. This course explores how the dharma informs our understanding of abolition and what is the role of dharma in justice? Drawing on contemporary writings from QTBIPOC Buddhist practitioners, feminist scholars, and social justice movements as a way to ground our view, students collectively imagine a just world. Students engage in intimate conversations about what is at stake, and what do we need to undo and unlearn for liberation.
About karen g. williams
karen g. williams, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Guttman Community College (CUNY). Her scholarship examines strategies implemented inside correctional facilities to help incarcerated people return home to their communities. Karen has practiced vipassana meditation since 2008. Her mindfulness and meditative practices are rooted in cultivating a spirit of wholeheartedness and recognizing the interconnectedness of all things. She co-chairs New York Insight’s Diversity, Equity and Liberation committee and is a graduate from the joint IMS and Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Training Program. karen primarily teaches in BIPOC and in LGBTQI communities. When karen is not teaching, she knits, cooks, bakes, and inhabits her alter ego BackAlley Dred while coaching jr. roller derby.