In 2005, Rosemary Mahoney was assigned to write a magazine profile of the woman who started Tibet's first school for the blind, Braille Without Borders.
Sabriya Tenberken, who is blind herself, traveled to Tibet as a young woman and found that blind children there had no access to education, which motivated her to set up a program. During college in Germany, where she grew up, Tenberken also developed the first Braille script for the Tibetan language.
Nancy Pearl is looking forward to reading at least three books coming out in 2014. Of course, this is only the start of her 2014 reading list.
In fiction, the popular Jo Walton has another science fiction novel, “My Real Children.” In non-fiction, “Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War,” by Amanda Vaill and “Flappers: Six Women Of A Dangerous Generation,” by Judith Mackrell.
In 1963, one of the most controversial books of the twentieth century was published. “Eichmann in Jerusalem” presented Adolf Eichmann not as a sociopath — but as an ordinary person who simply believed his actions were normal. The author of this book, political theorist Hannah Arendt, refers to this theory as the “banality of evil.” Arendt was a Jew who fled Germany in the early 1930s.
Yale professor Seyla Benhabib offers an overview of the controversy surrounding Arendt’s book, and what lessons it can teach us about humanity. Benhabib spoke at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall on October 24, 2013 as part of the Graduate School lecture series.
More than 40 years ago, on the evening of March 8, 1971, a group of burglars carried out an audacious plan. They pried open the door of an FBI office in Pennsylvania and stole files about the bureau's surveillance of anti-war groups and civil rights organizations.
Hundreds of agents tried to identify the culprits, but the crime went unsolved. Until now.
Steve Scher sits down once again with Nancy Pearl to discuss three books from 2013 that she recommends before they get lost amidst the new books of the new year; including a modern allegory “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War” by Stephen Kinzer, and Laurie R. King’s mysteries “A Grave Talent” and “To Play The Fool."
Julia Serano has challenged exclusion in the feminist and queer movements for years. As an activist and trans woman, Serano was shocked to see some people challenge one type of sexism while ignoring — and sometimes furthering — others.
In her new book, "Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive," Serano calls for a new, inclusive approach to battling sexism. She spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on December 4.
That was the question on Louise Steinman’s mind when she decided to travel to Poland and explore the country’s efforts at reconciliation with their traumatic past of dual occupations of the Nazis and Soviets.
Steve Scher gets Nancy Pearl's top picks of the year including “Americanah” and “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” for fiction; “Five Days At Memorial” and “Lawrence in Arabia” for nonfiction; and “The Reader’s Book of Days” and “Constellation of Genius: 1922 Modernism Year One" for titles that you may have overlooked.
Steve Scher talks with journalist Hooman Majd about his book, “The Ministry of Guidance Invites You To Not Stay," which chronicles moving to Iran with his wife and child in 2011 to live in the country he was born in, but had never really lived in.
As humans, we’re designed to work together with certain groups of people while fighting off others. In modern times though, our tribes have been forced closer to others, sparking clashes. What is a practical way to solve these problems? And how can different tribes move forward together?
Psychologist Joshua Greene traces the roots of morality and conflict in his new book, “Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them.” He spoke at Town Hall on November 15.