Book Study Group Looking for New Suggestions

Book Study group seeks next text

The Book Study Group will wrap up its discussion of This is an Uprising by Engler and Engler on Monday, April 24 at 6pm. The discussion will be held in the upstairs meeting room of the Carnegie Library of Steuben County in Angola.

At the April meeting, the group is inviting new members to join them and help them decide what to read next. They are specifically looking for texts that deal with diversity, the environment, social justice, or other pressing current issues. If you have a suggestion please contact the team leaders or just come to the meeting with ideas.

The Book Study Group is part of the Community & Diversity team’s education efforts and will continue to meet the fourth Monday of each month. If you can’t make it in April, put the meeting on your calendar for May!

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  1. Within the last few years these writers have risen to my attention: The criteria for these selections is that they offer strong historical and imaginative critical thinking as well as visions for progress and future.

    1. Roberto Mangabeira Unger
    The Left Alternative, Verso Press. 2009,
    Unger teaches at the Harvard School of Law. Most recently he has been teaching a course with Cornell West called American Democracy. I am following this course. I find Unger fascinating because his activist eye is as strong as his analytical eye. He has written about religion, and how it can be revisioned, as well as the faults of physics and the possibilities of government and technology. He is a broad thinker who I don’t always agree with but who I find to be a breath of fresh air in his enthusiasm for alternatives to the present tense. His writing is very clear.

    2. Murray Bookchin
    Possible Readings: The Murray Bookchin Reader, Black Rose Books, edited by Janet Biehl The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy, Cheshire Books, 2005.
    I became aquatinted with Bookchin after reading about the revolutionary anarchism of Rojava in Kurdistan. In the face of extraordinary pressures communities and countries want to move toward patriarchal hierarchy and violence. Rojava has proven that the opposite response, equality between men, women and diverse population in an atmosphere of direct democracy, is possible and possibly stronger. The organization of Rojava was inspired by Bookchin by way of Abdullah Öcalan.

    3. Karl Marx. Capital. Selected Readings.
    Introduction by David Harvey. Karl Marx presents the strongest analysis of economy and capitalism to date. The important notion played out by Marx and largely ignored by other writers on economy, is the basic and obvious fact that economy is more than a “bottom line” proposition and that it always involves the shape of peoples comfort, possibilities and orientation to nature. Marx’s contribution cannot be ignored because of its strong analysis, its historical footing and sense of future.

    4. Karl Polanyi. The Great Transformation.

    Well, those are my ideas. It would be wonderful to read something dificult with others.

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