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Why the Cycle of Animal Abuse Is Not Only Bad for Animals, It’s Bad for Us

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Let the pandemic be our wake-up call: if ever there was a time to transform our relationship with animals, it’s now. While the origin of COVID-19 remains uncertain, one of the likely theories is that it originated in a wet market in…

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Why the Cycle of Animal Abuse Is Not Only Bad for Animals, It’s Bad for Us

How Barbie Changed a Black Girl’s Life

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. As a child, I loved Barbie dolls and crafting Barbie stories with my friends. Getting a new outfit for Barbie — especially when I could pick it out myself at the nearby toy store — filled me with joy. But…

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How to Teach about Structural Racism: An Interview with Ayo Magwood

Introduction: Ayo Magwood (Uprooting Inequity LLC) is an educational consultant specializing in in-depth, evidence-based education on historical and structural racism. These seminars include primary and secondary historical evidence, data, quantitative maps, research studies and original diagrams/images, and each session represents 300-400 hours of research, synthesis, and graphic design work. Ayo is also writing a book…

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Inspiring Citizens: An Interview with Steve Sostak

Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school on three continents, Steve Sostak founded Inspire Citizens, an independent educational organization working with diverse partners to reimagine schools as thriving community centers of transformative learning. Steve wears many hats in his work with Inspire Citizens. He guides administrative teams on future-focused strategic planning around transformative learning…

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Seeing your epitaph unfold while you’re alive is a recipe for joy and meaning

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Last week, I had the opportunity to experience the power of my epitaph. How is that possible given that I’m not dead yet? It happened because I deliberately wrote my epitaph 10 years ago.  Writing one’s own epitaph isn’t something…

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“Why teach that book? Why teach that? Why teach? Why?” An interview with Mary Pat Champeau, Director of IHE’s Graduate Programs

Mary Pat Champeau is the director of IHE’s graduate programs with Antioch University and serves as our head of faculty as well as the advisor to our students. She is a consummate educator, deep listener, expert in facilitation of online learning, and is beloved at IHE and among our students and graduates. Under Mary Pat’s…

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Our vaccination achievement can inspire us to be solutionary

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Like many people, I became unexpectedly emotional when I received the COVID vaccine. I’d been chatting with the women next to me in the long line snaking toward the entrance to the arena where the vaccines were being administered, feeling…

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Teaching Kindergarteners to be Humane Leaders: An Interview with John Tewksbury, M.Ed.

When John Tewksbury left the military and then a corporate career, he became a Kindergarten teacher and organic farmer. When he came to IHE for his humane education immersion week as part of our M.Ed. program, I kept thinking, “I wish I’d had John as my teacher when I was a child.” Wise, kind, and…

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Why Star Trek compelled me to humiliate myself and why it matters

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. When I was 15 I asked William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series, to kiss me. He had given a talk at a Star Trek convention, and when he opened for questions, my hand flew up in the air….

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