Assembly Speaker Addresses Spirituality, Social Justice, and Two Great Moral Challenges
Friday, September 22, 2006
Issued: September 22, 2006
history teacher Douglas Tsoi will return to campus to speak at assembly on
Monday, October 9, 2006, from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. in Walton Center Auditorium.
Entitled "Progress, Faith, and Social Justice: Why
Spirituality Should Matter to You," Douglas's
speech will provide a historical perspective on the role of religious belief in
fostering progress and social action. "Spirituality is a sense of
interconnectedness with the global community," Douglas
said. "We need to feel it, not
just intellectually believe in it, for social justice to continue."
The speech will begin with an explanation of why, in Douglas's view, "we live better now than anyone else
has in history." Douglas will discuss why
it can be difficult to be thankful for this fact and share some thoughts about
cultivating gratitude through grace. He will then draw historical connections
between religious belief, progress, and social action, contending that
religious belief is necessary in order for progress and social action to take
place. Finally, he will address two issues that he identifies as "the two
great moral challenges for this generation"—stopping global warming and
providing a minimum standard of living for all people.
As a history teacher at George
School, where he worked for four
years, Douglas primarily taught Global
Interdependence—a required freshman history class that examines the creation
and development of the modern interdependent world from the nineteenth century
to the present.
Prior to teaching at
Douglas worked as a corporate lawyer at firms in Boston, London, and San
Francisco. He received his JD from New York University
School of Law and a BA in sociology/organizational studies from the University of California