In collaboration with the Hellenic Association for the Promotion of Rhetoric in Education, Kallion hosted the second International Democracy Camp online from June 21 – July 15, 2020. Experts in various fields including psychology, rhetoric, literature, linguistics, law, and political science worked with camp participants to appreciate and practice a range of democratic behaviors such as showing empathy, cultivating self-awareness, perspective-taking, civil problem-solving, conflict resolution, mentoring others, and building alliances. International participants collaborated and bonded with each other, sharing the similarities and differences in their understanding of democracy.
This course is a journey in leadership development through the study of poetry, prose, drama, and film from ancient and modern sources: the Odyssey, Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Sophocles’ Philoctetes, Jorge Luis Borges’ “El Muerto” (“The Dead Man”), Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus, Ida B. Wells’ “The Requisites of True Leadership,” Disney’s Moana, and Ryan Coogler’s The Black Panther. By gaining practice in translating your study of these works into your own leadership development you will become trained and empowered to begin looking at all of the human cultural artifacts you encounter–literature, art, history, philosophy, architecture, etc.–as potential points of reflection for your further leadership development.