Monday, January 23, 2012

Institute for Humane Education

Two brilliant, committed activists for humane education visited Unity House today: Zoe Weil, the president and co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), and Sarah Speare, the Institute's executive director. We talked for a little over an hour about ways Unity College might affiliate with the Institute to share and strengthen our respective visions for a sustainable future.

Zoe is the recipient of Unity College's 2012 Women’s Environmental Leadership Award. As WE Lead's director Nancy Zane notes in her announcement (which went out today!), "Zoe’s work and the work of IHE blend perfectly with the Unity College mission." Zoe will be on campus on April 10th, participating in a variety of activities, including a presentation at the UCCPA that evening at 6:30 pm. For more information on this event, email Nancy at

I became interested in IHE after viewing Zoe's TED-X talk, "The World Becomes What We Teach." In fact, I became so interested that I signed up for one of IHE's online courses, Teaching for a Positive Future, "A six-week online course for educators who want to inspire their students to become leaders and changemakers for a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable world." 
Wow, that really does sound like a perfect match for the Unity College mission!  Stephen agrees, and the President's Office is now offering a scholarship to a faculty member who would also like to take this course online.  It begins February 6th.  If you are a faculty member, please consider taking advantage of this professional development opportunity! And meanwhile, watch Zoe's TEDX presentation!

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