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Ethical Compass Coming of Age in the 21st Century

ISBN-10: 0300169159
ISBN-13: 9780300169157
Edition: 2010
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Description: In 1986, Elie Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his victory over "the powers of death and degradation, and to support the struggle of good against evil in the world." Soon after, he and his wife, Marion, created the Elie Wiesel  More...

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/9/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In 1986, Elie Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his victory over "the powers of death and degradation, and to support the struggle of good against evil in the world." Soon after, he and his wife, Marion, created the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. A project at the heart of the Foundation's mission is its Ethics Prize--a remarkable essay-writing contest through which thousands of students from colleges across the country are encouraged to confront ethical issues of personal significance. The Ethics Prize has grown exponentially over the past twenty years. "Of all the projects our Foundation has been involved in, none has been more exciting than this opportunity to inspire young students to examine the ethical aspect of what they have learned in their personal lives and from their teachers in the classroom," writes Elie Wiesel. Readers will find essays on Bosnia, the genocide in Rwanda, sweatshops and globalization, and the political obligations of the mothers of Argentina's Disappeared. Other essays tell of a white student who joins a black gospel choir, a young woman who learns to share in Ladakh, and the outsize implications of reporting on something as small as a cracked windshield. Readers will be fascinated by the ways in which essays on conflict, conscience, memory, illness (Rachel Maddow's essay on AIDS appears), and God overlap and resonate with one another. These essays reflect those who are "sensitive to the sufferings and defects that confront a society yearning for guidance and eager to hear ethical voices," writes Elie Wiesel. "And they are a beacon for what our schools must realize as an essential component of a true education."

Author of more than forty internationally acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University. He lives in New York City.

Thomas L. Friedman was born in 1953 in Minneapolis, Minn., but distinguished himself as a journalist far away from his home. His reporting on the war in Lebanon won Friedman the George Polk Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He won a second Pulitzer for his work in Israel. Friedman graduated from Brandeis University and obtained a graduate degree from St. Antony's College. He began his career as a correspondent for United Press International, and later served as bureau chief for the New York Times in Beirut and Jerusalem. He wrote about his experiences as a Jewish-American reporter in the middle east in From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won the National Book Award in 1989. Friedman is also the author of the text for a photo collection called War Torn, and a contributor to the New York Times magazine.

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