Category Archives: Required Readings

Landfill Harmonic

If you missed either of the videos today on the Recycled Orchestra, view and read the Kickstarter page and watch the video below.


The Slums of Dharavi

If you missed class on Monday, please watch and listen to this photo/radio essay, courtesy of The Guardian.

Two reading assignments for everyone: first, the accompanying Guardian story by Dan McDougall; second, the Slate story I posted a while back, about a plan to give the poor apartments in some of the high-rises being built in place of the slum.


M. Gandhi, “Does Economic Progress Clash with Real Progress?”

Here is another version of the Gandhi speech we read from Reading the World: Ideas that Matter. We will use if for our next writing assignment on Moodle. Don’t let the title page fool you; it’s the same speech.

For blogging purposes, you may also be interested in this essay by the American Catholic activist John Dear.

“I am not a saint who has strayed into politics,” Gandhi once wrote. “I am a politician who is trying to become a saint.” While Adolf Hitler organized genocide in Europe, Franklin Roosevelt militarized America, Winston Churchill cheered on the Allies and Harry Truman ordered that atomic bombs be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Gandhi was attempting an entirely new kind of politics based on the transformative spirituality of nonviolence. Gandhi wanted independence for his people, but he did not want to kill anyone for it. He wanted the basic human rights of food, clothing, shelter, education, jobs, healthcare, and dignity for the hundreds of millions of impoverished Indians. But he called for justice by first living in radical solidarity with the poorest of the poor.

Gandhi Documentary

If you missed the BBC Documentary, Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace, which we watched in class on Monday, please watch it outside of class and take notes. Your notes should be aimed at helping answering our Central Question regarding social institutions and oppression.

Pew Research Study on “The Global Religious Landscape”

Here are the links. Everyone should read the Executive Summary. Remember to talk with the other group who is presenting on the same religion, so that you don’t end up with two of the same presentation. I would like to know Thursday, if possible, the narrower subject of your presentation (i.e., “Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa,” or “Buddhist beliefs about creation and the afterlife”).

Get reading.

Executive Summary







Invisible Children

This is the first part of the documentary we watched in class. If you missed it, make sure you watch the whole documentary.