Global Issues Book Group
The Global Issues Book Group, reads and discusses books on the vital Political, Economic, Environmental and Social issues that challenge humankind in the 21st Century.
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships--parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist "nanny states", revealing instead that it is we Americans who are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize. As Partanen explains, the Nordic approach allows citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than the American way. " A passionate and intelligent argument." Publishers Weekly
Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30 PM
Demagoguery and Democracy
What is demagoguery? Some demagogues are easy to spot: They rise to power through pandering, charisma, and prejudice.. But, as professor Patricia Roberts-Miller explains, a demagogue is anyone who reduces all questions to us vs. them.
Why is it dangerous? Demagoguery is democracy's greatest threat. It erodes rational debate, so that intelligent policymaking grinds to a halt. The idea that we never fall for it--that all the blame lies with them--is equally dangerous.
How can we stop it? Demagogues follow predictable patterns in what they say and do to gain power. The key to resisting demagoguery is to name it when you see it--to know where it leads.
"Approachable and complex, timely and timeless, and absolutely indispensable." -Ryan Skinnell assistant professor at San Jose State University
Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 PM
Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances toward full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate, relentless rollback of any gains. Carefully linking historical flashpoints--from the post-Civil War Black Codes to expressions of white rage after the election of America's first black president-Anderson renders visible the long lineage of white rage and the different names under which it hides. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage adds a vitall new dimension to the national conversation about race in America. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Senator Al Franken says of the book, "There's a book called White Rage, by Carol Anderson, about a history that most Americans don't know: the history of oppression that African-Americans have faced from the Civil War to the present day. If every American read it, maybe we could really begin to have a real conversation about race in America, as opposed to the nationwide internet comment section we currently have."
Tuesday, January 9th at 6:30 PM