Global Values 101: A Short Course

Global Values 101: A Short Course

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807003053
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

IntroductionVII
1History and Investigations: Asking the Questions
Howard Zinn, historian3
Elaine Scarry, literary scholar25
Noam Chomsky, linguist43
2Labor and Economy: Working It Out
Robert Reich, political scholar63
Juliet Schor, economist77
Aaron Feuerstein, corporate leader95
Naomi Klein, journalist107
3Diversity and Equality: Balancing the Scales.
Lani Guinier, legal scholar123
Katha Pollitt, writer145
4Brutality, Bloodshed, and Resolution: A Violent Inheritance
Martha Minow, legal scholar163
Swanee Hunt, diplomat175
Jennifer Leaning, physician189
5Religion and Ethics: In Search of Global Values
Harvey Cox, theologian209
Peter Singer, ethicist221
6Distance and Proximity: Closing the Gap
Paul Farmer, physician233
Amy Goodman, journalist243
Sources257
Acknowledgments265
Index267

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