Three Books We’re Reading Right Now

Periodically we will peek at what’s on the desks and desktops of Winter Institute staff and friends to generate reading/viewing suggestions for you. See below!

Dr. Susan M. Glisson, Executive Director:

Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past, Jonathan Jansen (who is visiting us in November!)

Jansen is the first black chancellor of the University of the Free State, an historically all-white university in Bloemfontein, South Africa. I’m struck by how similar our challenges are, and I appreciate his attempts to reach out to white students who have been raised to believe that they are superior to blacks.

Jacqueline B. Martin, Community Building Manager:

A World Waiting to be Born: Civility Rediscovered, M. Scott Peck, M.D.
Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing, Linda Stout and Howard Zinn

A particular sentence in the Peck book caught my eye: “It seems we may live in a society that has almost forgotten the glory of what it means to be human. We are in need of healing.”

Linda Stout’s book drew me in because it deals with grassroots organizing of people who typically do not have a voice: the economically challenged. It encourages us to build our own model for social change and, importantly, to understand that organizing people for social change is not social service.

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