Category: Book of the Week

Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic by James Gilligan, M.D.

In this groundbreaking book, James Gilligan examines the epidemic foremost in the minds of most Americans–violence. As he tells the stories of the men he treated at a hospital for the criminally insane, Dr. Gilligan traces the devastating links between violence and shame. He shows how that deadly emotion drives people to destroy others and even themselves rather than suffer a loss of self-respect.   Drawing on firsthand experience as a prison psychiatrist,….

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Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving the Environment Track Record of Universities, Colleges, and Other Institutions By Sarah Hammond Creighton

Universities can teach and demonstrate environmental principles and stewardship by taking action to understand and reduce the environmental impacts of their own activities. Greening the Ivory Tower, a motivational and how-to guide for staff, faculty, and students, offers detailed “greening” strategies for those who may have little experience with institutional change or with the latest environmentally friendly technologies.

Crossing Zero: The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire by Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald

“No border,” write featured authors Gould and Fitzgerald, “has been more contentious than the one today separating Pakistan from Afghanistan, known as the Durand line but referred to by the military and intelligence community as Zero line.”

The war in Afghanistan has become the most complex foreign policy problem the United States has ever faced, spreading into Pakistan and involving the conflicting interests of Russia, India, China and Iran. Crossing Zero focuses on the nuances of the Obama administration’s evolving military and political strategy, those who have been chosen to implement it, and the long-term consequences for the U.S. and the region. A clear, well-researched and easy-to-read analysis of the spiraling U.S. war in Afghanistan/Pakistan.

“The Secret Oral Teaching in Tibetan Buddhist Sects” by Alexandra David-Neel and Lama Yongden – 3/1

This is an account of the Madhyamika (Middle Way) school of Buddhism, a method of mediation and enlightenment that was developed by the great Indian teacher Nagarjuna. In a collaboration between the Frenchwoman Alexandra David-Neel and her friend, the Tibetan lama Aphur Yongden, these teaching are presented clearly and elegantly, intended for the layman who seeks a way to practice and experience the realization of oneness with all existence.

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Transforming A Rape Culture by Emilie Buchward – 2/15

Transforming a Rape Culture has provided a new understanding of sexual violence and its origins in this culture.  This groundbreaking work seeks nothing less than fundamental cultural change: the transformation of basic attitudes about power, gender, race, and sexuality.
The diverse contributors to this acclaimed book are activists, opinion leaders, theologians, policymakers, educators, and authors of both genders.  Tackling controversial issues, including pornography and the intersection of race and rape, this book is a much-needed step toward eliminatin the sources of rape and the rape culture.

African American Fraternities and Sororities edited By Tamara L. Brown – 1/18

African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision explores the rich past and bright future of the nine Black Greek-Letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. In the long tradition of African American benevolent and secret societies, intercollegiate African American fraternities and sororities have strong traditions of fostering brotherhood and sisterhood among their members, exerting considerable influence in the African American community, and being on the forefront of civic action, community service, and philanthropy.

The Audacity Of Hope By Barack Obama – 1/10

This book is Obama’s call for a new kind of politics – a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans.  Lucid in his vision of America’s place in the world, refreshingly candid about his family life and his time in the Senate, Obama here sets out his political convictions and inspires us to trust in the dogged optimism that has long defined us and that is our best hope going forward.


Covering By Kenji Yoshino – 11/15

Covering By Kenji Yoshino – “In this stunning, original book, Kenji Yoshino demonstrates that the struggle for gay rights is not only a struggle to liberate gays—it is a struggle to free all of us, straight and gay, male and female, white and black, from the pressures and temptations to cover vital aspects of ourselves and deprive ourselves and others of our full humanity. Yoshino is both poet and lawyer, and by joining an exquisitely observed personal memoir with a historical analysis of civil rights, he shows why gay rights is so controversial at present…”  – Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice.

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