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The Rev. David MillerFebruary 4, 2007  Guest - Parker Palmer
The Undivided Life

As a senior associate of the American Association for Higher Education and senior advisor to the Fetzer Institute, Parker Palmer is an educational activist who has been called a "master teacher." He is also a writer whose books include The Promise of Paradox, The Company of Strangers, To Know As We Are Known, The Active Life, The Courage To Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998), and most recently Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999).  

Palmer received a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Carleton College, where he was selected for Phi Beta Kappa and earned a Danforth Graduate Fellowship.  After a year at Union Theological Seminary, he went to the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied sociology and received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees with honors.  His own teaching has been primarily in universities and adult study programs (including Beloit College, Georgetown University, and Pendle Hill, a Quaker living-learning community).   During the last ten years, he has been an itinerant teacher, teaching and learning in short-term classrooms called "seminars," "workshops," and "retreats."   In his preface to his latest book he writes, "I was grateful to be appointed the Eli Lilly Visiting Professor at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, in 1993-94.  During that year, I was rebaptized into the realities of college teaching, and I wrote the first draft of this book."  As founder of Fetzer Institute's Teacher Formation Program for K-12 teachers, Palmer has learned from teachers who work with children, adolescents, and young adults in public schools in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina, and Washington state; he has woven their insights into The Courage to Teach.


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