Where were you the first time you heard those three little words? It’s a phrase that has slipped off the tongue of hippie parents and well-intentioned teachers with a sort of cruel ease for the last three decades.
These were Courtney Martin’s first words as she presented the annual Reynolds Lecture to a crowd in the Union Ballroom on Jan. 17. Martin is the author of, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, which includes profiles of eight contemporary community heroes working to “save the world” in new ways. She also is an award-winning author, senior correspondent for the American Prospect, and an editor of Feministing.com. Her writing has appeared in Mother Jones, Newsday, the Christian Science Monitor, and on Huffington Post and Alternet, among other publications.
“Martin’s work provides a road map for engaged citizens, both young and old, to move beyond abstract notions of ‘saving the world’ and into concrete, tangible ways in which we can truly impact our communities,” says Sandi Pershing, assistant vice president for continuing education.
The Reynolds Lecture was presented by Continuing Education in partnership with the Office of Engagement.