Global Read

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    How It All Started...

    As you may be aware, the Charter for Compassion established a Compassion Book Club inspired by and built around Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Many of our members have formed book clubs and discussion groups surrounding this important work. Now, we would like to invite you to join us in the books we've selected for our All-Charter-Book-Read, called The Global Read.

    How will this work?

    We will select several books each year. Members can read these books individually, host book clubs, form discussion groups, etc. in our various and wide-spread places of residence. We will allocate several weeks for the reading of each book and then have the authors of the book lead an on-line discussion of their work as well as address questions generated by the audience. To participate in these conversations you'll need to register for the conference call. The link will be sent to you once you sign up to participate. If you cannot join the author and guests live, please send your questions in advance to this email address. The recording will be available on the Charter website for viewing at a later time and date.

    We are excited to be continuing this compassionate literary venture, and we look forward to your participation! Tell your friends. Bring them along for the discussion. Let’s read!
    We encourage you to make your purchases through your local bookstore. However, if you plan to order your books from Amazon - please use Amazon Smile and select the Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice.


    Benjamin Sáenz - 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' - November 13th @ 7 am PST
    Aristotle and Dante
    Benjamin Alire Saenz







    Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

    Teachers, plan for your students to read the book during the month of October and be sure to plan to come onto our live Zoom call. Bring your questions for our live conversation with Mr. Sáenz!
    Students, even if your teacher doesn't plan to have you with us for the live show - you can send in your questions in advance (to the email above) and Mr. Sáenz will do his best to answer them - live.

    Benjamin Alire Sáenz was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humanities and Philosophy in 1977. He studied Theology at the University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium from 1977 to 1981. He was a priest for a few years in El Paso, Texas before leaving the order.

    In 1985, he returned to school, and studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned an M.A. degree in Creative Writing. He then spent a year at the University of Iowa as a PhD student in American Literature. A year later, he was awarded a Wallace E. Stegner fellowship. While at Stanford University under the guidance of Denise Levertov, he completed his first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, which won an American Book Award in 1992. He entered the Ph.D. program at Stanford and continued his studies for two more years. Before completing his Ph.D., he moved back to the border and began teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso in the bilingual MFA program.

    His first novel, Carry Me Like Water was a saga that brought together the Victorian novel and the Latin American tradition of magic realism and received much critical attention.

    In The Book of What Remains (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), his fifth book of poems, he writes to the core truth of life's ever-shifting memories. Set along the Mexican border, the contrast between the desert's austere beauty and the brutality of border politics mirrors humanity's capacity for both generosity and cruelty.

    In 2005, he curated a show of photographs by Julian Cardona. Be sure to check out 'The Inexplicable Logic of My Life', his newest novel. He lives and works in El Paso, Texas.

    Click here to register for 'Aristotle & Dante'.

    If you plan to use Amazon to purchase your book, please use Amazon Smile and choose Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice. Thank you!

    Katharine Wilkinson 'Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming; December 10th @ 7 am PST

    Katharine WilkinsonThe 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world...
    In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.
    KATHARINE WILKINSON is an author, strategist, and teacher, working to heal the planet we call home.
    Katharine is Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown and Senior Writer for the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Her first book, Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change, was dubbed “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe.

    Katharine speaks internationally, sharing her expertise at Aspen Ideas, Skoll World Forum, Talks @ Google, TED Women, and through frequent media appearances. Her TED Talk on gender equity and climate has more than 1.3 million views. In 2019, Planned Parenthood honored her as a “Legend in the Making” and GreenBiz named her one of “25 Badass Women” transforming the climate movement.

    Katharine’s interdisciplinary background spans academia, business, and the social sector. Previously, she was Director of Strategy at the purpose consultancy BrightHouse and worked for The Boston Consulting Group and Natural Resources Defense Council. Katharine has taught at the University of Oxford and Agnes Scott College. She currently advises on Mary Robinson’s podcast, Mothers of Invention, and serves on the boards of WildArk and Chattahoochee NOW.

    Katharine holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in Religion from Sewanee—The University of the South. She is happiest on a mountain or a horse.

    Click here to register for 'Drawdown'

    If you plan to use Amazon to purchase your book, please use Amazon Smile and choose Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice. Thank you!

     Earth Emotions by Glenn Albrecht - Coming in 2020!

    earth emotions

    As climate change and development pressures overwhelm the environment, our emotional relationships with Earth are also in crisis. Pessimism and distress are overwhelming people the world over. In this maelstrom of emotion, solastalgia, the homesickness you have when you are still at home, has become, writes Glenn A. Albrecht, one of the defining emotions of the twenty-first century.

    Earth Emotions examines our positive and negative Earth emotions. It explains the author's concept of solastalgia and other well-known eco-emotions such as biophilia and topophilia. Albrecht introduces us to the many new words needed to describe the full range of our emotional responses to the emergent state of the world. We need this creation of a hopeful vocabulary of positive emotions, argues Albrecht, so that we can extract ourselves out of environmental desolation and reignite our millennia-old biophilia—love of life—for our home planet. To do so, he proposes a dramatic change from the current human-dominated Anthropocene era to one that will be founded, materially, ethically, politically, and spiritually on the revolution in thinking being delivered by contemporary symbiotic science.

    Glenn Albrecht
    Glenn Albrecht retired as professor of sustainability at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia in June 2014. He was at the University of Newcastle as Associate Professor of Environmental Studies until December 2008. He is an environmental philosopher with both theoretical and applied interests in the relationship between ecosystem and human health, broadly defined. He pioneered the research domain of 'psychoterratic' or earth-related mental health and emotional conditions with his concept of 'solastalgia' or the lived experience of negative environmental change. Solastalgia has become accepted worldwide as a key concept in understanding the impact of negative environmental change in academic, creative arts, social impact assessment and legal contexts. 

    Registration for Earth Emotions will be opening SOON.

    If you plan to use Amazon to purchase your book, please use Amazon Smile and choose Charter for Compassion as your charitable organization of choice. Thank you!

    White Fragility Robin D'Angelo
    A Constellation of Connections Vanessa Hurst
    Reconnecting With Nature Dr. Michael J. Cohen
    Compassionate Achiever  Christopher L. Kukk
    Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelsen
    The Internationalists Dona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro
    Writing on the Landscape Jennifer Wilhoit
    The Compassionate Life Marc Ian Barasch
    Great Tide Rising Kathleen Dean Moore
    How Fast Can You Run Harriet Levin Millan
    From Hero To Healer Dr. Robin Youngson
    One Wholesome World Dr. Omkar Nath Wakhlu and Arun Wakhlu
    Petey Ben Mikaelsen
    Compassion Book Club - Charter for Compassion
    In this important and thought-provoking work, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Karen Armstrong - one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world - provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.
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