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In a time of political divisiveness at home, international polarization, and the rise of fascism, the life of German businessman John Rabe offers contemporary audiences powerful insights into moral leadership and how educators can respond effectively to moral issues when they arise.
In 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, Japan seized the Chinese city of Nanking and committed unspeakable atrocities in what became known as the Nanking Massacre. Rabe and his associates helped save the lives of some 200,000 Chinese citizens.
Moral Leadership in a Troubled Time: Lessons From the Life of John Rabe analyzes the lessons learned from Rabe’s work using formative study on moral development pioneered at HGSE. You’ll develop practical knowledge, skills, and strategies that will enable you and your organization to examine emerging moral crises, understand their complexity, and take meaningful action to remedy them.
Moral Leadership in a Troubled Time is a four-week online workshop. Participants will explore stories, research, and academic scholarship surrounding Rabe’s example of moral leadership in Nanking, along with other, more contemporary moral exemplars.
As a final project, participants will develop an analysis of a more recent international crisis and incorporate the lessons derived from Rabe’s example and actions as an applicable moral lens.
Richard Weissbourd directs the Making Caring Common project at HGSE. He focuses on moral and social development and the promotion of caring and ethical communities.