Books That Inspire 2007

Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
Cornel West

Dr. West was born in Tulsa. He talks of Paideia, the forming of attention away from the superficial and toward the substantive and the profound. Reading West teaches me how to grow habits of critical engagement. You learn to think for yourself, to render authorities subject to your own suspicion, and to work toward the awakening of your own soul. This book's discussion of deep democracy gives you a handle on the soul of America, and what is possible and practical if you understand history. So West for me is the Phronemos: the embodiment of practical wisdom in action.
Ralph Beliveau
Assistant Professor
Journalism and Mass Communication