Today was the first day of class for my class in Social Issues and Social Change. There is always a lot of business that has to be done – calling the roster, going over the textbooks and plans for the course, getting a handle on the constructivist perspective we will be using.
I always like to include something that draws together the themes of the course. This video from The Hunger Project shows how troubling situations could exist for a long time, but were not an issue, not a “problem” until they were defined as such and given credence – and it portrays some of the steps for doing that. Unlike most projects around world hunger, it focuses on providing new social capital to the members of the village rather than new infrastructure or help from outside. When we get to studying Caritas in Veritate, we’ll also see that it’s an excellent example of subsidiarity.
I posted the video a year ago, on my still-defunct blog, when Lee Stuart came to talk about the aims and methods of The Hunger Project. It bears re-posting.