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  • The Art of Freedom: Teaching the Humanities to the Poor | Earl Shorris

    The Art of Freedom: Teaching the Humanities to the Poor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Earl Shorris
    • Narrated By Steve Coulter
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    Seeking answers to the toughest questions about poverty in the United States, Earl Shorris had looked everywhere. At last, one resounding answer came from a conversation with a woman in a maximum-security prison: the difference between rich and poor is the humanities. Shorris took that idea and started a course at the Clemente Family Guidance Center in New York. With a faculty of friends, he began teaching the great works of literature and philosophy - from Plato to Kant, from Cervantes to Garcia Marquez - at the college level to dropouts, immigrants, and ex-prisoners.

    Thucydides says: "A rare vision of beauty & hope for all peoples"
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