Understanding the Paradox that is Africa

Understanding the Paradox that is Africa

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Clear thesis that evaluates matters in Africa today (e.g “Although life today for Africans is a hard existence, opportunities are abundant and Africans have the chance to build dynamic new countries, giving their populations a good life.) Focusing on certain issues in Africa such as low job market, poverty, hunger, etc. Using 3 internet sources.

Connect one of the issues to the book, The Shadow of The Sun then
Evaluate the book The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski. Determine whether Kapuscinski is lying or is he merely telling the truth but in much more complex ways about Africa. Use citations from the book.

Readings list:

Read for FIRST Week-end
Al B. Fuertes. “In Their Own Words: Contextualizing the Discourse of (War) Trauma and Healing.” Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Vol. 21, No.4, 2004, pp. 491-501.

Antonius C.G.M. Robben and Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, eds. “Interdisciplinary perspectives on violence and trauma” (pp. 1-47), “Reflections on the prevalence of the uncanny in social violence” (pp.48-69), Cultures Under Siege, Collective Violence and Trauma. UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Judith Lewis Herman. Introduction (pp. 1-4), Terror (pp. 33-50), Disconnection (pp.51-73), Child Abuse (pp.96-114). Trauma and Recovery, Basic Books, 1997.

Carolyn Yoder. The Little Book of Trauma Healing.  Intercourse, PA:  Good Books, 2005.

Read for SECOND Week-end
Al B. Fuertes. “Storytelling and its Transformative Impact in the Philippines.” Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Volume 29, Winter March 2012.

Antonius C.G.M. Robben and Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, eds. “Mitigating discontents with children in war…” (pp.102-130, especially pp.125-126), Cultures Under Siege, Collective Violence and Trauma. UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Judith Herman. “Healing Relationship” (pp. 133-154), “Safety” (pp.155-174), “Remembrance and Mourning” (pp.175-195). Trauma and Recovery, Basic Books, 1997.

Viktor Frankl.  Man’s Search For Meaning. Boston:  Beacon Press, 1998.

Read for THIRD Week-end
Al  B. Fuertes, Al. “Rethinking How We Channel Relief Assistance to Internally Displaced Communities in Mindanao, Philippines.” Development  and Conflict in the 21st Century. Ed. Otto F. von Feigenblatt. Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, Inc., 2010,  pp. 4-26.

Eileen R. Borris. “The Healing Power of Forgiveness,” Occasional Paper No. 10, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy. October, 2003.

John Paul Lederach. “Reconciliation: The Building of Relationships.” Building Peace, Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies. Washington DC: USIP Press, 1997. Blackboard.

_______________. “Time, Healing, and Reconciliation.” The Journey Toward Reconciliation. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1999. Blackboard.

Judith Herman. “Reconnection” (pp. 196-213), “Commonality” (pp.214-236). Trauma and Recovery, Basic Books, 1997.

Michael Henderson. ““Japan: Struggle for the soul of the nation,” “Cambodia: After the killing fields,” “Southern Africa: Forgiveness as Policy.”  The Forgiveness Factor: Stories of Hope in a World of Conflict. Oregon, USA: Grosvernor Books, 1996. Blackboard.

Robert Enright and Joanna North, eds. Without Forgiveness There Is No Future” (pp. xiii-xiv), “Introducing Forgiveness” (pp.3-8), “Forgiveness in the Community” (pp.121-130), “Is There Forgiveness in Politics?” (pp.131-149), Exploring Forgiveness. Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.

“A Different Kind of Justice: Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa,” Storey.

“Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports” – South Africa. BBC online news.

All other additional readings:

Additional Reading (Bibliography – can be used as referenced materials for course requirements)
Apfel, Robert and Simon, Bennet (1996).  Minefields in their Hearts:  The Mental Health of
Children in War and Criminal Violence.

Bartsch, Karl and Evelyn (1997).  Stress and Trauma Healing:  A Manual for Caregivers.
Contact:  Diakonia Council of Churches, Durban, 4008 South Africa.

Bloom, Sandra (1997).  Creating Sanctuary:  Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies.

Figley, Charles, ed. (1995).  Compassion Fatigue:  Coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress
Disorder in Those Who Treat the Traumatized.  Florence, KY:  Brunner-Routledge.

Fuertes, Al B. (2008). Community-based Warviews, Resiliency and Healing among the
Internally Displaced Persons in Mindanao and the Karen Refugees on the Thai-Burmese Border. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller.

Kaufman, Gershen.  (1992)  Shame:  The Power of Caring.  Rochester, Vermont:  Schnenkman Books Inc.

Levine, Peter A (1997).  Waking The Tiger:  Healing Trauma.  Berkeley, CA:  North Atlantic
Books .   <www.traumahealing.com> (Peter Levine’s site)

Minow, Martha. (1998).  Between Vengeance and Forgiveness:  Facing History After Genocide
and Mass Violence.  Boston: Beacon Press.

Nader, Kathleen, Nancy Dubrow, etl a, (1999). Honoring Differences, Cultural Issues in the Treatment of Trauma and Loss. Ann Arbor, MI: Taylor and Francis.

Robben, Antonius and Suarez-Orozco, Varcelo, eds. (2001).  Cultures Under Siege:  Collective
Violence and Trauma. UK:  Cambridge University Press.

Sider, Nancy Good (2003).  “Transcendence:  Discovering Resources for Posttraumatic Healing
and Growth.”  In Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding.  Cynthia Sampson et al. eds.
Washington, D.C.:  Pact Publications.

Tedeschi, Richard G., Park, Crystal L., and Calhoun, Lawrence G. eds. (1998).  Posttraumatic
Growth: Positive Changes in the Aftermath of Crisis.  Mahwah, N.J.:  Lawrence Erlbaum

“The Body Keeps the Score:  Memory and the Evolving Psychobiology of Post Traumatic Stress” by Bessel van der Kolk <http://www.trauma-pages.com/a/vanderk4.php>

“Trauma Healing” by Eric Brahm

Tutu, Desmond (1999).  No Future Without Forgiveness.  New York:  Doubleday.

Worthington, Everett L. Jr. (1998).  Dimensions of Forgiveness:  The Psychological Research
and Theological Perspectives.  Templeton Foundation Press.

Van der Kolk, Bessel A., Alexander McFarlane, and Lars Weisaeth (1996).  Traumatic Stress:  The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society.  The Guilford Press.

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