The Global Read

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    The Long Room at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)

    You're here because, like most of us, you like to read a good book. The Global Read aims to make it easy to do just that. We've selected books that bring awareness to the theme of compassion and relate to one or more of the Charter's twelve sectors. You will have the opportunity to hear directly from the book's author in a live webinar format.

    Better yet, you're given the chance to interact with the author and ask questions and/or comment on their book.

    Please tell your friends about us - and form your own small group for dialogue. Then be sure to register and join us for our live event.

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    The Upcoming Global Reads

    Education Survival CoverEducation for Survival - The pedagogy of Compassion

    Edited by Maurice Irfan Coles with Bill Gent

    Friday May 28, 2021, 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
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    Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

    Our survival depends upon creating a compassionate world and an education system that incorporates compassion for self, for others and for the planet.

    Sixteen authors present a comprehensive analysis of compassion and the political character of pedagogy. Drawing upon new scientific findings about how the brain works and their understanding of the political nature of pedagogy, they offer a scientific, spiritual and educational rationale for curriculum and societal change. The result is this blueprint for survival, illustrated with numerous practical examples.

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    eraAn Era of Consciousness—Una era para la consciencia

    Published by Encuentro Mundial de Valores.

    Monday June 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PDT
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    Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

    This will be a bilingual webinar.  Please note you will be asked to select either English or Spanish as the language in which you wish to hear the webcast. You will be able to ask your questions in your selected language.

    An Era of Consciousness is a book of essays by remarkable thinkers of our age, such as Riane Eisler, Claudio Naranjo and two authors who will be a part of the webinar, Leonardo Boff and Bernardo Kliksberg.

    We can say that in the 1960s, with the appearance of the counter culture, a collective feeling emerged that implied the de-idealization of civilization itself. In his contribution to the book, the Hungarian philosopher, Ervin Lászlo, tells us that we are reaching a "bifurcation point" and Boff wonders if we are doomed to suffer and witness our own destruction or can we still correct the course we are on. He concludes that "to get out of this dramatic situation, we have to reinvent ourselves as a species: we need a new wisdom that will lead us to deep liberation and personal transformation.

    It is to be hoped that the choral effect of so many recognized thinkers will have the effect of lifting us out of resigned denial and our collective impotence, and may facilitate the transition to that age of consciousness that replaces the current politics of unconsciousness and delusion.

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    manifesto coverThe Language Warrior's Manifesto
    How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds

    by Anton Treuer

    Date:
    Wednesday July 21 2021 at 8 a.m. Pacific Time
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    Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

    Revitalizing a language that is not one of the world’s one hundred most commonly spoken and taught requires special effort. The deck is stacked against us. Such a phenomenal undertaking never happens by itself simply because it is deserved or right, or because people wish it would happen. It takes real intentional effort. - From The Language Warrior's Manifesto by Anton Treuer.

    Across North America, dedicated language warriors are powering an upswell, a resurgence, a revitalization of indigenous languages and cultures. Through deliberate suppression and cultural destruction, the five hundred languages spoken on the continent before contact have dwindled to about 150. Their ongoing survival depends on immediate, energetic interventions.

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    ApeirogonApeirogon - The Novel

    by Colum McCann

    Date:
    Wednesday August 25 2021 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time
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    Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

    Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

    Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other's stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

    McCann crafts Apeirogon out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material. He crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful.

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    Sloan

     TWO BOOKS: Atlas Hugged & This View of Life

    by David Sloan Wilson
    Date:
    Wednesday September 15 2021 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time
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    Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

    Using engaging and insightful examples, Sloan's book, This View of Life, shows how an evolutionary world view provides a practical tool kit for understanding not only genetic evolution, but also the fast-paced changes impacting our world and ourselves. What emerges is a new argument: If we can become wise managers of evolutionary processes, we can solve the problems of our age at all scales.

    With Atlas Hugged, Sloan has created a novel that embodies a new and different examination of Ayn Rand's fictional Atlas Shrugged. Sloan's protagonist proclaims: "Call me anything but John Galt. That is my name, but it is also the name of my father and grandfather. I am not like them and the world they created is not the one I desire."

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    Humankind

    Humankind: A Hopeful History

    by Rutger Bregman
    Date:
    Wednesday December 8 2021 at 8 a.m. Pacific Time
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    Cost: Suggested donation $10 US. Should this be beyond your reach, we’re happy to offer it to you free.

    In an interview with the Montreal newspaper Le Devoir, in September 2017, Bregman said that “to move forward, a society needs dreams, not nightmares. Yet people are caught in the logic of fear. Whether it is Trump, Brexit or the last elections in Germany, they vote against the future and instead for solutions to replace it, believing the past was better based on a thoroughly mistaken view of the world: the world was worse before… Humanity is improving, conditions of life, work and health too. And it’s time to open the windows of our minds to see it."

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