Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Library purchases with IGSS curriculum in mind

Winnetka Library summer purchases to support the IGSS curriculum

DVD purchases:
"End of Poverty (2010) A timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land and other natural resources as well as in forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries The End of Poverty? asks why today 20% of the planet s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate?"  

Justice: What is The Right Thing to Do-(2009)- "More than 15,000 students have taken JUSTICE, making it one of the most popular classes in Harvard University s history. Professor Michael Sandel s course aims to help viewers become more critically minded thinkers about the moral decisions we all face in our every day lives. Sandel presents students with ethical dilemmas on modern day issues -- such as affirmative action and same-sex marriage -- then conducts lively, engaging, and remarkably intimate debates that challenge students moral reasoning".


The Global Justice Reader - edited by Thom Brooks,
Essays on social justice; globalization; human rights."

>Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? --Michael J. Sandel 
Examines the meaning of justice in a variety of situations and asks the reader to morally and politically reflect on each topic.

Stuffed and Starved : The Hidden Battle for the World Food System -  Rajeev Charles Patel. "An investigation of the global food network, exploring the reasons why obesity and world hunger are both at historical highs, looking at how individual tastes and preferences are manipulated, and discussing the links between the food system and farming communities, corporations, governments, consumers, activists, and movements."

The Bottom Billion : Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It - Paul Collier. "Explores why traditional methods of alleviating poverty are failing in the world's fifty poorest countries, and explains what the industrialized West can do to help these countries improve living standards and their economies."

Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism - Muhammad Yunus. "Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus argues that the problems of hunger, poverty, and inequality can be solved by harnessing the power of the free market and explains how countries can work together to solve the world's greatest problems."

The Life you Can Save:  Acting Now to End World Poverty. --Peter Singer
"Discusses world poverty in the twenty-first century, and describes the ethical reasons to support a seven- point plan to improve the lives of impoverish peoples, which includes determining how must to spend, how to spend it, raising political awareness within local communities, and contacting representatives."

The Ethics of What we Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter --Peter Singer and Jim Mason"Singer and Mason make a case for how people's everyday food choices affect others' lives. They describe in vivid detail how applying industrial processing principles to animal husbandry has led to cheap foods whose cost savings occur at the expense of animals raised for profit and for product."

World Poverty and Human Rights --Thomas Pogge
"One third of all human deaths are from poverty-related causes: 18 million annually, including over 10 million children under five. Just 1 percent of the national incomes of the high-income countries would suffice to end severe poverty worldwide. Yet, these countries, unwilling to bear an opportunity cost of this magnitude, continue to impose a grievously unjust global institutional order that foreseeably and avoidably perpetuates the catastrophe. Most citizens of affluent countries believe that we are doing nothing wrong.Thomas Pogge seeks to explain how this belief is sustained."

Why Global Poverty? Companion Guide to the Film "The End of Poverty?" - Clifford W. Cobb
"Global poverty did not just happen: it is the result of the geo-politics of injustice stretching back centuries and continuing to our day. This book presents notes on the production of the film "The End of Poverty?", a complete transcript of the film, and over seventy full interviews - including Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, John Perkins, Chalmers Johnson, Susan George, and Eric Toussaint - to give an in-depth account of the methods of global economic domination and ways to remedy worldwide injustice."

Freedom from Poverty As a Human Right:  Who Owes What to the Very Poor? - Thomas Pogge
"Thomas Pogge and his colleagues at the UNESCO project on severe global poverty have provided a very readable, insightful, well-reasoned, timely, and exceedingly important collection of essays on the human right to be free from poverty... As a whole, the chapters challenge the reader's consumptive way of living - and in particular his or her relationship with local, national and international institutions, as well as his or her understanding of the complexities of rights and obligations, justice and humanitarianism."

Politics as Usual:  What Lies Behind the Pro-Poor Rhetoric - Thomas Pogge (May, 2010)
"Poverty and oppression persist on a massive scale; political and economic inequalities are rising dramatically both intra-nationally and globally. The affluent states and the international organizations they control knowingly contribute greatly to these evils - selfishly promoting rules and policies harmful to the poor while hypocritically pretending to set and promote ambitious development goals. Pogge's case studies include the $1/day poverty measurement exercise, the cosmetic statistics behind the first Millennium Development Goal, the War on Terror, and the proposed relaxation of the constraints on humanitarian intervention."

Human Development Report 2009: Overcoming Barriers:  Human Mobility and Development [UNDP] "
Migration, both behind and beyond borders, has become an increasingly prominent issue in domestic and international debates. [This report explores] how the movement of people can expand human capabilities and entitlements, and how to address the underlying inequalities and distortions which limit the potential gains."

Justice at Guantanamo: One Woman's Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights -- Kristine A. Huskey
"A tell-all journey of how one woman landed the toughest legal career on the planet--defending suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay--by using personal strength, courage, and never letting anyone tell her no."--From publisher description.

A Map of Hope: Women's Writing on Human Rights: An International Literary Anthology --
Seventy-seven poems, essays, memoirs, and histories from women writers around the world in which they explore issues of human rights.

The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World (4th edition) -- Joni Seager (2008)
"[In this] updated fourth edition of her groundbreaking atlas, Joni Seager provides comprehensive and accessible analysis of up-to-the-minute global data on the key issues facing women today: equality, motherhood, feminism, the culture of beauty, women at work, women in the global economy, changing households, domestic violence, lesbian rights, women in government, and more." 

[descriptions from and/or Follett's Titlewave]

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