It’s not about FAMSAK (Guest Writer: Roy Ketchum)

This is an important conversation but it’s not about FAMSAK.

First, I would like to suggest that the concept of celebrating a life of the mind, four years of living in a community, four years of commitment to developing intellect and emotional intelligence through 40 days around a keg is worthy of being examined—even if it were inclusive in its themes and its organizational practices. I will leave a reflection on that inherent contradiction for a different moment, though. For now, I prefer to listen to students who have spoken up and cried out that this is not about FAMSAK.

Mi impresión es que se trata menos de las fiestas de FAMSAK que de las experiencias de día a día. Hay miembros de esta comunidad que han tomado el riesgo de levantar sus voces. El acto de enunciar una experiencia, sobre todo una experiencia que duele, siempre es un riesgo.

Speaking out and telling a story of painful personal experience involves making oneself bare—un desnudamiento personal can transform itself into a sign of hope. When the personal experience takes the shape of a story, in its very act of enunciation, it becomes collective. An individual finds her voice while a community must learn to listen.

Ustedes que han estado en clase conmigo han aprendido que el escuchar activo es una forma de participación, es una de las herramientas necesarias para la construcción de paz, y es una forma de ser—una forma de ser humano o humana.

The great Brazilian educator, Paolo Freire, made a life’s work of theorizing and practicing an approach to learning that is premised on the simple but revolutionary idea that we are all students and we are all teachers. We teach each other by telling our stories, and we also teach by listening with the ear, with our intelligence, with authenticity and with our hearts. Active listening is a form of participation, it is an absolute perquisite for building peace or rebuilding community—it is a way of being, it is a way of exercising our humanity.

I agree. It is not about FAMSAK. For starters I think it is about learning to listen…

Sunday ~ 8:00PM ~ QUAD 170. Hope to see you there!

Guest Writer, Roy Ketchum



About makingchangeonepeaceatatime

My name is Danielle Taylor. I currently live in Central Minnesota and spend my summers in northern Wisconsin along the shore of Lake Superior. My deep belief in the interconnectedness of all life drives my passion for equality and justice. This blog will contain: doodles, photos, brainstorms, running thoughts, research process, reading reflections, movie reflections, video interviews, silly videos and many other seemingly random, yet actually interconnected thoughts and ideas.
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One Response to It’s not about FAMSAK (Guest Writer: Roy Ketchum)

  1. Evan says:

    Great words.
    Evan Cobb

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