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    Edmonds, Mike by Minsky, Anna

    Mike Edmonds was the Dean of Students at Colorado College from 1991 until 2005, when he was promoted to Vice President of Student Life / Dean of Students, a position he still held as of 2018. He was interviewed for the LGBT Oral History project on December 12 2011.

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    The role of the witness in healing conflict : transformation within personal, religious, and sociopolitical spheres by Minsky, Anna Heming

    Imagine a divorced man who still loves his wife despite her unfaithfulness. Imagine a church full of believers, praying to understand the violent actions of a fellow believer. Imagine a country torn by political turmoil, whose citizens find reconciliation with their warring neighbors in the conversation between the walls. These scenarios help to reveal the tension between the good and bad within us all and the potential for living in awareness of both. All over our world we see the struggle for humanity to defend itself, while simultaneously working towards the good of all. The awareness that such struggle represents is incredibly powerful but difficult to achieve on one’s own. It is often a witness, a separate but connected other, who is able to facilitate a resolution of conflict within our selves, our religious lives, and our political spheres. This paper is an exploration of the role of the witness in three different contexts. In psychoanalysis, the analyst’s role as a witness is pivotal in the transformation of the analysand, and I have observed similar dynamics between deity and devotee in the Hindu practice of darshan as well as between activist and nation in the work of peacemakers in places of sociopolitical conflict. For the purpose of this paper, a witness is an entity that, through simultaneously being connected to the subject at hand and maintaining a sense of otherness, is able to hold a multiplicity of truths. This psychological role of the witness plays out culturally in darshan and in witnessing sociopolitical conflicts. The witness is significant in each of these contexts because of his or her ability to see multiplicity in the subject being witnessed.