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February 11, 2015 -- Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Author, Clinical Psychologist

Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Author, Clinical Psychologist

The Green Boat: Sustaining Our Planet and Each Other
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Dr. Pipher is concerned with how American culture influences the mental health of its people. In The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture, she considers how easily we are disconnected from our emotions, our bodies, each other and the truth, as we are engulfed in devastating information about the fate of Mother Earth. Author of nine books, Dr. Pipher suggests we must reconnect our inner and outer lives to respond to this trauma with an awareness that leads to resilient coping and for many a transcendent response.

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The Green Boat - Mary Pipher
Call Number: 303.4 P661
ISBN: 9781594485855
Publication Date: 2013-06-04

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Shelter of Each Other - Mary Pipher
Call Number: 306.85 P6616s
ISBN: 0399141448
Publication Date: 1996-04-16
"Our country is in a profound crisis, of decency, of civility, of character. Our best instincts are undermined at every turn. And our families, to which we turn in crisis, are feeling the strain with great intensity. Mary Pipher understands this. She is a good listener, perhaps the best listener in America. And what she understands she can express in a manner that goes directly to the heart. Writing from her immersion in her community, and from her experience as a therapist, Pipher has found words to express our innermost feelings." "


March 25, 2015 -- Matt Taibbi -Author, Journalist

Matt Taibbi -Author, Journalist

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth GapTaibi

Matt Taibbi asked why does poverty rise, as crime goes down and the prison population doubles. He discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where troubling trends - wealth inequality and mass incarceration- meet. He contends that our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or by our poverty. Are the wealthy untouchable? The poor criminalized? A New York Times bestseller, Divide paints an alarming portrait of contemporary American life and provides a way forward against this crisis. He writes for Rolling Stone and recently launched a new digital magazine by First Look Media.

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The Divide - Matt Taibbi; Molly Crabapple (Illustrator)
Call Number: 303.372 T13
ISBN: 9780812993424
Publication Date: 2014-04-08


November 12, 2014 -- Elaine Richardson, Ph.D.

Elaine Richardson, Ph.D., Author, Professor, Recording Artist

PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My LifeRichardson photo

Dr. Richardson’s one-woman show, PHD to Ph.D., features expressive performance, storytelling and music. Addicted to drugs, abusive controlling pimps, the streets, with short stints in jail, the cycle of death appeared to be her life with prison the inevitable end. Instead, she returned to school and never stopped. She became empowered with knowledge of her culture and history and changed her life. A Professor at The Ohio State University, her motto is: “Ignorance, low self-esteem and shame are killers. When you know who you are, nobody can control you.”

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From Po H_ on Dope (PhHD) to Ph. D. - Elaine Richardson
Call Number: 921 R393
ISBN: 9780984042975
Publication Date: 2013-02-01
From PoHo on Dope to Ph.D. is a raw narrative chronicling Dr. Elaine Richardson's early traumas as a young black woman in the ghettoes of Cleveland, Ohio, before she re-invented herself in the halls of the university. Richardson vividly recounts her experiences of dreams deferred, rape, sex-trafficking/prostitution, drug addiction, unwanted single parenthood, and hopelessness before her mother and other mentors encouraged her to value herself and become educated. Dr. Elaine Richardson is Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Teaching and Learning at the Ohio State University. She is the author of Hiphop Literacies and co-edited Home Girls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology.


Call to Action: President Jimmy Carter 22 Sept. 2014 | 5 p.m. | Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse

President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will kick-off the 2014-15 Diversity Lecture Series. Mr. and Mrs. Carter will discuss human rights, racial diversity and social justice.

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A Call to Action - Jimmy Carter
Call Number: Circulating 323.34 C245 also AV 323.34 C245c
ISBN: 9781476773957
Publication Date: 2014-03-25
"The world's discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter's call to action.... His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and "owned" by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence. addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare....This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all."



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