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. 

The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine (Open Media Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872866195
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Published: City Lights Books - August 12th, 2014

March 2018

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: Vietnam and the Memory of War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674979840
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Published: Harvard University Press - November 20th, 2017

April 2018

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

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620973493
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Published: New Press - February 13th, 2018

May 2018

Strangers in Their Own Land


When Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, a bewildered nation turned to Strangers in Their Own Land to understand what Trump voters were thinking when they cast their ballots. Arlie Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, had spent the preceding five years immersed in the community around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a Tea Party stronghold. As Jedediah Purdy put it in the New Republic , " Hochschild is fascinated by how people make sense of their lives....[Her] attentive, detailed portraits...reveal a gulf between Hochschild's 'strangers in their own land' and a new elite. Lauded by commentators from Noam Chomsky to New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, Hochschild's book was described by the New York Times' David Brooks as "humble and important".

Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 PM