Colman McCarthy’s New Book “Opening Minds, Stirring Hearts: The Peace Studies Class” is a Collection of Letters from Teenaged Students to a Myriad of Inspiring Speakers

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Recent release “Opening Minds, Stirring Hearts: The Peace Studies Class” from Page Publishing author Colman McCarthy is a collection of essays and letters from high school students shining their lights, from the brightness of their idealism to the glow of their commitments to be peacemakers in ways small or large. They are students who have had their minds opened and hearts stirred by the speakers.

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Colman McCarthy, a longtime syndicated columnist for “The Washington Post” and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, American University, The University of Maryland, Oak Hill Prison, and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School who was honored in 2014 for Outstanding Teaching by American University, has completed his book “Opening Minds, Stirring Hearts: The Peace Studies Class”: a moving compilation of thank you letters from students to speakers who have shared their experiences and insights with the author’s high school students.

Professor McCarthy shares, “At the end of each semester, fall or spring, and before wishing my students well—yes, peacemakers, go out and change the world but make sure the world never changes you—I take some moments for a reading from Albert Schweitzer’s ‘Reverence for Life.’ This essay on idealism has nourished me often, especially when the off-ramp beckons to escape the fast lanes of life’s absurdities: ‘No one has the right to take for granted his own advantages over others in health, in talents in ability, in success, in a happy childhood or congenial home conditions. One must pay a price for all these boons. What one owes in return is a special responsibility for other lives.’

As the booned students leave, I look at them and wonder which ones I will remember, which ones I will hear from as the years pass, which ones will never waver from believing that the good life is incompatible with the violent life, which ones will remember me, if at all, as a teacher who wanted only to rouse their passions for justice and rally their gifts for peacemaking, and which ones will return to the class with narratives of life after high school and proving that every life is worth a novel.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Colman McCarthy’s book is a stirring and thought-provoking liturgy of gratitude from his former peace studies classes to the volunteer speakers from all walks of life who enriched the students’ perspective in countless ways.

Readers who wish to experience this inspiring work can purchase “Opening Minds, Stirring Hearts: The Peace Studies Class” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

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