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.
And the Weak Suffer What They Must?
In January 2105, Yanis Varoufakis was appointed finance minister of Greece and, in a whirlwind five months that followed, everything he had warned about-- the perils of the euro's family design, the European Union's shortsighted austerity policies, financialized crony capitalism, American complicity and rising authoritarianism--was confirmed. Here, Varoufakis delivers a fresh look at the history of Europe's crisis and presents the ultimate case against austerity, proposing concrete policies for Europe that are necessary to address its crisis and avert contagion to the rest of the world. His analysis in these pages predicted Brexit and the rise of the extreme right in Europe, keeping hism on the front lines of the ongoing debate about Europe, and the world's financial future. Jeffrey Sachs says, "An absolutely splendid book...The Thucydides of our time."
Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 PM
The Violence of Organized Forgetting
In a series of essays that explore the intersections of politics, popular culture and new forms of social control in American society, Henry A. Giroux explores how state and corporate interests have coalesced to restrict civil rights, privatize what's left of public institutions, and diminish our collective capacity to participate as engaged citizens of a democracy.
"I can think of no book in the last ten years as essential as this. I can think of no other writer who has so clinically dissected the crisis of modern life and so courageously offered a possibility for real material change."-John Steppling
Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 PM
Nothing Ever Dies
All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of the conflict Americans call the Vietnam War and Vietnamese call the American War--a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both nations. Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, A New York Times Book Review "Year in Reading" Selection, Winner, Rene Wellek Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, and Winner, John G. Cawelti Award, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.
Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 PM