Global Values 101: A Short Course / Edition 1

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Global Values 101 grew out of one of the most popular courses ever offered at Harvard University, in which some of the most original thinkers of our day sat down with students and explored how ideas have made them-and can make us-more engaged, involved, and compassionate citizens. In these engrossing, essay-length interviews, which address the topics of war, religion, the global economy, and social change, Amy Goodman, host of the popular radio program Democracy Now, speaks about the role of the independent media as gatekeeper and witness; Lani Guinier, author of Tyranny of the Majority, reveals that students' SAT scores more accurately describe the kind of car their parents drive than the grades they will earn in college and shows the way to a more equitable college admissions system; Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, explores the American Dream and exposes the myth of the "good war"; economist Juliet Schor, author of Born to Buy and The Overspent American, explains why Americans are willing to sacrifice quality of life to attain financial success; former "mall rat" Naomi Klein, author of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, urges readers to go global while fighting global conglomerates; and Katha Pollitt, author of Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism, employs her incisive wit to explore what it really means to be a feminist in the Twenty First century.

For anyone who has been moved by idealism and longed to become a more proactive citizen, this collection offers a range of stories on how progressive ethics can inform, inspire, and ultimately transform lives.

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Editorial Reviews

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A compilation of interviews from a popular, top ranked Harvard class. The guests, such as Robert Reich and Lani Guinier, provide thoughtful and thought provoking concepts and insides on today's world. The insights serve to open the reader's mind and encourage thoughtful reflection.—Donna O. Dziedzic (PLA) AAUP Best of the Best Program
Library Journal
For Personal Choice and Global Transformation, the exceedingly popular and controversial Harvard undergraduate religion course that spawned this book, lecturer Palmer and graduate student Kate Holbrook invited about a dozen people-"from janitors to billionaires, from professors to corporate CEOs to nuns"-to their class each semester to answer tough, well-informed questions posed by their students. Transcripts of 16 of those conversations comprise this timely, thought-provoking volume that opens with historian Howard Zinn and closes with independent journalist Amy Goodman. (No janitor makes the cut.) Divided into six sections-"History and Investigations"; "Labor and Economy"; "Diversity and Equality"; "Brutality, Bloodshed, and Resolution"; "Religion and Ethics"; and "Distance and Proximity"-these interviews touch on such subjects as gender, race, inequality and affluence, courage, free speech, and social responsibility. The interviews with Lani Guinier, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Katha Pollitt, Robert Reich, and others elicit articulate and earnest responses about living "deliberately" in the world and seeking to make a difference. The results make this book well worth reading. Criticized for his unapologetically liberal views and outspokenness against Harvard's labor practices, Palmer became a favorite with the hundreds of students he taught each semester during his three years at the university. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Donna L. Davey, Tamiment Lib., NYU Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807003053
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Palmer, Ph.D., and Kate Holbrook were voted Harvard's best young faculty member and teaching fellow, respectively. Ann S. Kim and Anna Portnoy joined them as teaching fellows and documentary filmmakers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction VII
1 History and Investigations: Asking the Questions
Howard Zinn, historian 3
Elaine Scarry, literary scholar 25
Noam Chomsky, linguist 43
2 Labor and Economy: Working It Out
Robert Reich, political scholar 63
Juliet Schor, economist 77
Aaron Feuerstein, corporate leader 95
Naomi Klein, journalist 107
3 Diversity and Equality: Balancing the Scales.
Lani Guinier, legal scholar 123
Katha Pollitt, writer 145
4 Brutality, Bloodshed, and Resolution: A Violent Inheritance
Martha Minow, legal scholar 163
Swanee Hunt, diplomat 175
Jennifer Leaning, physician 189
5 Religion and Ethics: In Search of Global Values
Harvey Cox, theologian 209
Peter Singer, ethicist 221
6 Distance and Proximity: Closing the Gap
Paul Farmer, physician 233
Amy Goodman, journalist 243
Sources 257
Acknowledgments 265
Index 267
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