Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Humanities & Communication
From Fists to Words: A Revolutionized Awareness Based on Peace links my experience as student involved in the Creative Writing and Social Action and Global Studies programs. This project intends to demonstrate my personal process of transformation, through the acceptance of peace, to serve as an inspiration for those who are willing to undergo a similar internal revolution. My Capstone employs six poems, one dramatic monologue, a narrative personal essay and an interdisciplinary reflection essay to serve as proof that change is possible through a commitment to the power of peace, nonviolence, love and altruism. Included in the creative portfolio is a monologue which recounts the experience of my cousin, who was wiling to open herself up to the possibilities of compassionate action during Hurricane Katrina. She discusses her fears and choice to take action, "I felt like, my hands/were getting all sweaty and I felt, I just felt like/ I hope I can do this." My project has been inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh, who stated in the conversation On Building a Community of Love that, "The way must be in you; the destination must also be in you and not somewhere else in space or time. If that kind of self-transformation is being realized in you, you will arrive."
LaFollette, Kristen Ana, "From fists to words : a revolutionized awareness based on peace" (2006). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 18.