Emergency Sex (and Other Desperate Measures) by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson
Call Number: rr JZ 5540 .C35 2004
From Amanda Mayes: When I began teaching high school, everything was shrouded in confusion - a whirlwind of lesson planning, helicopter parents, and doubt - though moments of reward peeked through as I kept my head above water. I kept surging onward, waiting for my Dead Poets Society moment with my students clamoring to support my efforts and overwhelm me with evidence that my teaching mattered.
Wide-eyed idealism ensnares people in all professions. A gap forms between idealism and practice, and that gap is frequently bridged with pragmatism and cynicism.
I was assigned this book in a graduate level course on global human rights. Called to life of service with the United Nations, Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thomson had to grapple with this gap during some of the worst human rights atrocities in the past few decades. It’s poignant, personal, and raw. These stories will stick with you long after you’ve finished the book, and will help you find a way to nourish and maintain a practical idealism.