Friday, May 1, 2015

Spring Reading 2015 Talent for Humanity


If you are looking for some uplifting stories to read, this collection fits the bill. Each section describes a different person's journey through life, the experiences they have had, and how the learned to make a positive impact on those around them. Using music, photography, film-making, performances, and other arts - each of these individuals has chosen to share their talents and spread creativity and hope to others.

The collection is multicultural and includes men and women who have shown a "talent for humanity" or compassion. Locations of their activities range from Iran, Israel, London, to L.A. and Atlanta. They've done everything from caring for the sick and dying in Calcutta to teaching Shakespeare to inner city youth in L.A. What they all have in common is a desire to make the world a better place and spread the feeling that we are all part of the solution to the world's problems.

This would be great for starting a discussion with students (teens and up), about fairness, equity, and how people are marginalized and devalued by society, as well as what can be done locally and globally to address these issues.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. * It is listed as adult nonfiction, due mainly to some of the intense situations described. 

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