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Ware Lecture: a Resource Guide

Created by Amy Magee, Access Services Librarian

2018 Ware Lecture

Photo Karen ArmstrongKaren Armstrong is an acclaimed author and thought-leader whose lucid insights on the legacy of religion won her the 2008 TED Prize. Later that year, with the support TED and a wide range of partners, she launched a global Charter for Compassion. To date, the charter is available in over 30 languages and has been co-signed by more than two million individuals from 1300 organizations in 311 communities in 45 countries.

Armstrong has doctoral training in English literature from St. Anne’s College, Oxford and is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates. Among her many awards, she has been appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Karen Armstrong is a bestselling author with an oeuvre of over twenty books exploring the history of religion, mysticism, violence, and global transformation.  

To prepare your students for our 2018 Ware Lecture, take a look at the resources below. These interdisciplinary works are available online or accessible with the help of High Library. These books, articles, podcasts, and videos will help you make your classes Ware-ready.

Writings by Karen Armstrong

  • Cover Image - Journal of Palestine Studies

 (1988). "The Holiness of Jerusalem: Asset or Burden?" Journal of Palestine Studies. 21(3): 5-19.  DOI: 10.2307/2537831

 

 

  •  2001. The Battle for God. New York. Ballantine Books. 200.9 Ar736bBook Cover - The Battle for God.

 

 

 

  •   2004. The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness. New York: Random House

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Book Cover: The Great Transformation 2007. The Great Transformation: the Beginning of Our Traditions. New York. Anchor Books. Currently In Process in the library. 

 

 

  • Book Cover - Fields of Blook2015. Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. New York. Anchor Books. 201.76332 Ar736f 

Learn More About the Charter for Compassion

Charter for Compassion Chart

Click on the links above to find resources commended by the Charter for Compassion as they work to meet the following Sustainable Development Goals.

Videos and Podcasts

 

2017 Festival of Faiths Compassionate City Video Playlist
A compilation of videos in which Karen Armstrong speaks with mayors, industry leaders, and community organizers about creating compassionate cities.

 

 

2017 Festival of Faiths Compassionate City Video Playlist

A compilation of videos in which Armstrong speaks with mayors, industry leaders, and community organizers about creating compassionate cities.

On Being: Freelance Monotheism (Podcast w/Transcript)

Host Krista Tippett interviews Armstrong regarding our Ware lecturer’s journey from being a nun to a freethinking scholar and community leader. Armstrong discusses the virtue of being an “amateur” and the development of her faith.

Discussion Pieces on Compassion

These links are great for lunch and dinner conversations with student cohorts. Debate, Dissect, Discuss.

 

Get Involved!

Are your students thinking about opportunities to discern their sense of purposeful life work? Check out what the following organizations have to offer.