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James Nolan

James Nolan

Professor and Chair 
Department of Sociology and Anthropology 
Master Facilitator

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Conceptual complexity

Commitment to change

An ethos of interconnectedness

He sees all the inequities in the world

Communicates ideas through narratives, metaphors, and diagrams

True self is non-self, the awareness that the self is made only of non-self elements. There's no separation between self and other, and everything is interconnected. 

—Thich Nhat Hanh

Contributions to the team:

Jim believes in the power of individuals and of the group to generate change. Jim observes, listens intently, shows empathy, connects distinct experiences to broader social contexts, and develops conceptual complexity to create interconnections between individuals, theory, experience, and action. He transforms the knowledge generated in powerful metaphors and narratives that reflect on and defy privilege, hierarchy, and power, while enriching and touching everyone. Jim devotes his scholarship and personal life to social change. He is the friend that everyone wants to have.

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