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.
Ethics in the Real World
Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. His work has helped to launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events in a few hundred words. In this book of brief essays, he applies his controversial ways of thinking to a range of issues, from abortion to whether chimpanzees are people, and explores some of the deepest philosophical questions, such as whether anything really matters and what is the value of the pale blue dot that is our planet. The collection also includes some more personal reflections, like Singer's thoughts on one of his favorite activities--surfing-- and an unusual suggestion for starting a family conversation over a holiday feast.
Tuesday, August 13th at 6:30 PM
This America: The Case for the Nation
With dangerous forms of nationalism on the rise Lepore, a Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer, repudiates nationalism here by explaining its long history-- and the history of the idea of the nation itself--while calling for a "new Americanism": a generous patriotism that requires an honest reckoning with America's past. "A hopeful book for all who believe that America's ideals are stronger than our demagogues." --Michael Bloomberg
Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30 PM
Last Days of the Mighty Mekong
Celebrated for its natural beauty and its abundance of wildlife, the Mekong river runs thousands of miles through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. its basin is home to more than 70 million people and has for centuries been on of the world's richest agricultural areas and a biodynamic wonder. Today, however, it is undergoing profound changes. Development policies, led by a rising China in particular, aim to interconnect the region and urbanize the inhabitants. And a series of dams will harness the river's energy, while also stymieing its natural cycles and cutting off food supplies for swathes of the population.
Brian Eyler travels from the river's headwaters in China to its delta in southern Vietnam to explore its modern evolution. Along the way he meets the region's diverse peoples, from villagers to politicians, community leaders to policy makers, revealing through his conversations the struggle to save the mighty Mekong and its unique and fragile ecosystem. "A Moving requiem for a complex ecosystem upon which millions depend." --Judith Shapiro
Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 PM