Karen 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.
(1988). "The Holiness of Jerusalem: Asset or Burden?" Journal of Palestine Studies. 21(3): 5-19. DOI: 10.2307/2537831
Click on the links above to find resources commended by the Charter for Compassion as they work to meet the following Sustainable Development Goals.
A compilation of videos in which Armstrong speaks with mayors, industry leaders, and community organizers about creating compassionate cities.
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.
These links are great for lunch and dinner conversations with student cohorts. Debate, Dissect, Discuss.
Daisy Grewal. 2012. “How Wealth Reduces Compassion.” Scientific American, April 10.
Maggie Penman and Shankar Vedantam, 2015. “The Science of Compassion.” NPR, October 20.