presenting program on July 9
St. Gertrude’s Monastery is presenting “An Evening with Dr. Stephan Marks” Wednesday, July 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Spirit Center for the Benedictine community and the general public.
Marks is a social scientist from Germany who is working to deal with his country’s history in constructive ways
There is no admission fee for the evening. A freewill offering will be taken.
Marks has been a friend of St. Gertrude’s community since giving peace-making workshops here and throughout the Northwest in the 1980’s. We are grateful for this opportunity to hear his stories while he and his wife Heidi are in the US for vacation this summer.
During this evening of sharing stories from his efforts to facilitate healing of the German people and their Nazi-past, he will reflect about his current project to raise awareness of the relationship between shame and dignity and how memory can transform life’s experiences into fertile soil: wisdom for future generations. Unresolved, unconscious shame causes prejudices, arrogance and violence; conscious shame may create deep interconnectedness.
His current work is based on his major research project on History and Memory for which Dr. Marks arranged to have an interdisciplinary team conduct and analyze interviews with Nazi-perpetrators and bystanders.
Marks holds an MA in political science, psychology and modern history, and a doctorate in social science from the University of Giessen, Germany. He has been working for non-violence and disarmament for many years, including 5 years in the US in the late 1980’s. He is chair of Remembrance and Learning and is a speaker at the Freiburg Institute of Human Rights Education. He directs a continuing education program on shame and dignity at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany. He is author and editor of eleven books and numerous essays.
For more information please contact Sr. Mary Kay Henry by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 208-962-5060.
Overnight accommodations are available. $50 suggested donation includes room and breakfast!