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Raising Healthy, Compassionate, Loving Kids in a High Tech, Impersonal World.
Today, we welcome guest speaker Mike Obsatz.
We live in a fast-paced, materialistic, narcissistic culture. To grow up to be whole, compassionate, empathetic adults, children need attention, guidance, support, interpersonal and communication skills, self-esteem, and awareness of the needs, feelings and backgrounds of others. Mike will discuss the effects of the current Empire consciousness of the American culture on children, and how to help children move to the Oneness consciousness of respect, acceptance, responsibility, kindness, and maturity.
Dr. Michael Obsatz is Professor Emeritus at Macalester College in St. Paul. Mike taught sociology and education courses there for 40 years. His courses included "Death, Dying and Bereavement," "Institution of the Family, "Human Sexuality," and "Male Socialization Issues and Violence." He retired from Macalester in 2007. Mike earned his B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago.
Mike has also been a workshop leader, therapist in private practice, men's group leader, boys' group leader, film maker, and author. His book, "Raising Nonviolent Children in a Violent World," won the Minnesota Book Award and the Catholic Press Association Award in 1999. His documentary film about mentoring boys called "Journeyman" won two film festival awards and has been viewed by 3 million people on PBS and elsewhere.
Mike is the father of three adult children, five grandchildren ages 3 months to 9 years. He is a frequent speaker and workshop leader at Unity Minneapolis in Golden Valley. His websites are www.angeresources.com and www.mentorsmatter.us.