The World Is Waiting for You: Graduation Speeches to Live By from Activists, Writers, and Visionaries

The World Is Waiting for You: Graduation Speeches to Live By from Activists, Writers, and Visionaries

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620970904
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 496,169
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Tara Grove is the education editor at The New Press. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and lives in New York City. Isabel Ostrer is a recent graduate of Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They both went to college to figure out how they could make the world a more humane place to live.

List of Contributors/Speech Locations
Anna Quindlen – Grinnell College, 2011 (Grinnell, Iowa)
Wynton Marsalis – Connecticut College, 2001 (New London, Connecticut)
Barbara Kingsolver – Duke University, 2008 (Durham, North Carolina)
Marian Wright Edelman – Muhlenberg College, 2008 (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
Noam Chomsky – American University of Beirut, 2013 (Lebanon)
Toni Morrison – Rutgers University, 2011 (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
Gloria Steinem – Smith College, 2007 (Northampton, Massachusetts)
Tony Kushner – Vassar College, 2002 (Poughkeepsie, New York)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Kalamazoo College, 2009 (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Paul Farmer – University of Delaware, 2013 (Newark, Delaware)
Martha Nussbaum – Connecticut College, 2009 (New London, Connecticut)
Oliver Stone – UCLA, 2009 (Los Angeles, California)
Paul Hawken – University of Portland, 2009 (Portland, Oregon)
Isabel Wilkerson – Bates College, 2014 (Lewiston, Maine)
Howard Zinn – Spelman College, 2005 (Atlanta, Georgia)
Cecile Richards – Barnard College, 2014 (New York, New York)
Theodore Shaw – Wesleyan University, 2014 (Middletown, Connecticut)
Ursula K. Le Guin – Mills College, 1983 (Oakland, California)

Table of Contents

Learn Not to Listen Anna Quindlen 1

Be In Time Wynton Marsalis 13

How to be Hopeful Barbara Kingsolver 25

To All My Children Marian Wright Edelman 39

Who Will Defend The Earth? Noam Chomsky 47

The Pursuit of Meaningfulness Toni Morrison 53

Go the Distance Gloria Steinem 61

The World Is Waiting For You Tony Kushner 73

Allow Hope But Also Fear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 91

On Empathy and Reason Paul Farmer 99

Not for Profit Martha Nussbaum 119

Know Your History Oliver Stone 133

The Earth is Hiring Paul Hawken 143

Make This World a Better Place Isabel Wilkerson 151

Against Discouragement Howard Zinn 161

Listen to Your Mother Cecile Richards 171

Don't Wait to Change the World Theodore M. Shaw 181

A Left-Handed Commencement Address Ursula K. Le Guin 193

Contributors 199

Permissions 207

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