Personal Information

1) Personal Webpage: LINK 

2) About My Scholarship

My scholarship has moved from work on implicit moral rationality (in the 1990s), to moral education in the schools (late 1990s- early 2000s), to the neurobiology of moral development (mid 2000s to present), to the study of evolved parenting practices (presently), and the study of small-band hunter-gatherers who represent the type of society in which humans evolved (presently). My concerns are for developmental optimization and fulfilling human essence–communal imagination.  I put some of this together in various articles and chapters (see “DOWNLOAD PAPERS“) but mostly in my 2014 book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom.

Collaborating with the MN Dept of Education, when I was at the University of Minnesota we had $1 million Character Education Partnership grant funds from the USDE to collaborate with school teams and develop a flexible approach to moral character education (“Community Voices and Character Education”). We aimed to help educators incorporate ethical skill development into regular academic instruction. An earlier version of the guidebooks we developed are downloadable for free from a link here: http://cee.nd.edu/curriculum/ and the later versions are purchasable as noted.

In that project we on the university team compiled the set of skills that comprise the skills toolkit for moral character plus the pedagogical approach that works best (novice-to-expert apprenticeship). We identified skills and subskills and organized them by four levels of expertise development. We also made suggestions for supportive climate elements for each skill as well as student self-monitoring. The teams of educators took this information and adapted it for their own circumstances (selecting which skills to work on and which teachers would implement them). This made it hard to evaluate since every school did things differently and we had troubles with pre-post testing during the evaluation year (I had moved to ND) but we got a publication (Narvaez et al., 2004). Reanalyses were done in Narvaez (2012).

The Integrative Ethical Education model (IEE,) developed after I moved to Notre Dame from the U of MN, put everything into five basic steps.

3) Wikipedia Page: LINK

4) About My Spouse, Dan Lapsley: LINK

5) Action

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DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE ACTION

#NoDAPL
#istandwithstandingrock
#SacredStoneCamp

What you can do to help #SacredStoneCamp for #NoDAPL

For those who wish to help those in North Dakota protesting the Dakota Access pipeline here are ways to help both by contribution and just emailing or calling to let it be known that the use of mace and attack dogs is unacceptable and barbaric. Let your voice be heard.

Number one is to contact the investing banks that are keeping the project going. Here is the article that lists them:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/37765-a-strategy-to-stop-the-funding-behind-the-dakota-access-pipeline

Here is a page with addresses (please add more) and a sample letter. (COMING)

 

Here’s more you can do to help fight the Dakota Access Pipeline!

1. You can donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List: http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/

2. Contribute directly to the tribe to support the Red Warrior Camp: http://standingrock.org/…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe…/

3. Call the White House… (202) 456-1111. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

4. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf

5. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp

6. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903

7. You can sign the petition to the White House
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-construction-dakota-access-pipeline-which-endangers-water-supply-native-american-reservations

8. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:

  1. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
  2. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
  3. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com

9. Energy Transfer is also a publicly traded company and it is good to see if you may own that holding and divest your interest in a company that would allow these goon tactics.

6) Darcia’s Favorite Books (always under construction, in no particular order)

WHO ARE HUMANS? WHAT ARE OUR HERITAGES?

Douglas Fry, 2006: The Human Potential for Peace: 2013: War, Peace and Human Nature

Marshall Sahlins, 2008, The Western Illusion of Human Nature

Sarah Hrdy, 2009, Mothers and Others

Melvin Konner, The Tangled Wing2010: The Evolution of Childhood

Calvin Luther Martin, 1999: The Way of the Human Being

Everything by primatologist, Frans de Waal

Writings by Tim Ingold, e.g., The Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (normal and optimal)

Barry Hewlett & Michael Lamb (editors), 2005: Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods

NEUROBIOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND FUNCTION

Ian McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary

Wilma Koutstaal, The Agile Mind

Jaal Panksepp, Affective Neuroscience

QUESTIONS OF LIVING A GOOD LIFE

Alfred North Whitehead: Process Philosophy;The Aims of Education

Everything by philosopher, Mary Midgley

Everything by philosopher, Mark Johnson

Everything by philosopher, John Dewey

EDUCATION ISSUES

Carol Dweck, Mindset

Writings by Four Arrows, e.g., Teaching Truly

The Hundred Languages of Children

INSIPIRATIONAL

Everything by poet, Mary Oliver

Everything by Thomas Berry

RESTORING OUR HUMANITY

Mark Bekoff, Rewilding Our Hearts Interview about the book

Everything by Paul Shepard