Book Size: 6" x 9"

Pages: 208

Format: Hardback & Paperback

ISBN: 9781566560085 HB
ISBN: 9781566560092 PB

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Release date: 11/15/16

Foreword by: Ralph Nader

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Democratizing America

Shaf Nader and the Founding of an Impossible College

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“Dimitra Doukas tells an engrossing story… The book shows what local activists with a vision can accomplish, but at the same time offers a timely warning about how governmental bureaucracy can stifle educational creativity.” – Eric Foner, Ph.D., Columbia University

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About this book

An important comtribution to the emerging debate about the role of community colleges in our changes society.

Already past its manufacturing heyday, Winsted, Connecticut, the Naders' hometown, was wrecked by the devastating 1955 flood. For Shaf Nader, Ralph's elder brother, the way to rebuild was by democratizing knowledge. A community college, he envisioned, would turn the old town into a regional hub of learning and creative citizenship. Impossible, people said, Winsted was too small, too gritty, too depressed. Turning those attitudes around took genius, persistence, and an uncommon gift of persuasion.

This inspiring story is a close-up case study of grassroots change, and of a visionary leader who withstood ridicule and disappointment long enough to show hard-headed New Englanders what they really agreed on.

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About the author

Dimitra Doukas, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and the author of the groundbreaking study, Worked Over: The Corporate Sabotage of an American Community.

Reviews

“Dimitra Doukas tells an engrossing story… The book shows what local activists with a vision can accomplish, but at the same time offers a timely warning about how governmental bureaucracy can stifle educational creativity.” – Eric Foner, Ph.D., Columbia University

“This book is prime reading for every community college professional and every graduate student in higher education and a must for all pursuing community college careers.” – Frank Mensel, Education Policy Center, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa

Additional information

Author

Doukas, Dimitra

Edition

1

Inprint

Interlink Books

Pages

208

Release date

11/15/16

Foreword by

Nader , Ralph

Author Home

USA

Subtitle

Shaf Nader and the Founding of an Impossible College

Format

6" x 9"

Reviews

"Dimitra Doukas tells an engrossing story" The book shows what local activists with a vision can accomplish , but at the same time offers a timely warning about how governmental bureaucracy can stifle educational creativity."å – Eric Foner , Ph.D. , Columbia University "å¢ "This book is prime reading for every community college professional and every graduate student in higher education and a must for all pursuing community college careers."å – Frank Mensel , Education Policy Center , University of Alabama Tuscaloosa

MainReview

"Dimitra Doukas tells an engrossing story" The book shows what local activists with a vision can accomplish, but at the same time offers a timely warning about how governmental bureaucracy can stifle educational creativity."å – Eric Foner, Ph.D., Columbia University

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Paperback, Hardback