VB Reads... Engaged Citizens Book Group

Read and discuss a variety of books exploring how to create a more civil and engaged community.Join Mary Dumas on the third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:30. Authors DO NOT attend. Meetings are in the Readings Gallery -- brown bag lunches are encouraged. Anyone interested in exploring their role as an engaged citizen is welcome.



By Donna Hicks, Desmond Tutu (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780300188059
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Published: Yale University Press - January 29th, 2013

Wednesday, March 18, noon
Drawing on her extensive experience in international conflict resolution and on insights from evolutionary biology, psychology, and neuroscience, Hicks explains what the elements of dignity are, how to recognize dignity violations, how to respond when we are not treated with dignity, how dignity can restore a broken relationship, why leaders must understand the concept of dignity, and more. Hicks shows that by choosing dignity as a way of life, we open the way to greater peace within ourselves and to a safer and more humane world for all.

ISBN: 9780300181562
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Published: Yale University Press - February 28th, 2012

Wednesday, April 15, noon
Giving Voice To Values heralds a revolution in ethics education. Aiming to help you practice what to do when you know something is unethical, Gentile gives you something like a self-defense class for your soul.

ISBN: 9780465089734
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - March 24th, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, noon
Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right "expert" solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place.