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The World is Waiting for You: Graduation Speeches to Live by from Activists, Writers, & Visionaries

by Tara Grove and Isabel Ostrer (Editors) - £12.99  The New Press (2015)
hardback    ISBN 13: 9781620970904 | ISBN 10: 1620970902

Rousing and indispensable commencement speeches from celebrated thinkers and change-makers — sure to inspire graduates everywhere.

"Bit by bit, step by step, you can change things — the things that need changing."
(Toni Morrison, Rutgers University, 2011)
With contemporary graduation speeches that dissect the world as it is and imagine what it could be, The World Is Waiting for You brings forth eighteen courageous figures who have dared to transform the podium into a pulpit for championing peace, justice, protest, and a better world.
 
“The voices of conformity speak so loudly. Don’t listen to them,” acclaimed author and award-winning journalist Anna Quindlen cautioned graduates of Grinnell College. Jazz virtuoso and educator Wynton Marsalis advised new Connecticut College alums not to worry about being on time, but rather to be in time — because “time is actually your friend. He don’t come back because he never goes away.” And renowned physician and humanitarian Paul Farmer revealed at the University of Delaware his remarkable discovery — the new disease Empathy Deficit Disorder — and assured the commencers it could be cured.
 
The prescient, fiery feminism of Gloria Steinem sits parallel to that of celebrated writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who asks, “What if I talked like a woman right here in public?” Nobelist and novelist Toni Morrison sagaciously ponders how people centuries from now will perceive our current times, and Pulitzer Prize winner Barbara Kingsolver asks those born into the Age of Irony to “imagine getting caught with your Optimism hanging out” and implores us always to act and speak the truth.
 
The World Is Waiting for You speaks to anyone who might take to heart the advice of Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards — “life as an activist, troublemaker, or agitator is a tremendous option and one I highly recommend” — and is the perfect gift for all who are ready to move their tassels to the left.
 
Contributors:
 
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Noam Chomsky
Marian Wright Edelman
Paul Farmer
Paul Hawken
Barbara Kingsolver
Tony Kushner
Ursula K. Le Guin
Wynton Marsalis
Toni Morrison
Martha Nussbaum
Anna Quindlen
Cecile Richards
Theodore M. Shaw
Gloria Steinem
Oliver Stone
Isabel Wilkerson
Howard Zinn

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