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Assembly Speaker Addresses Spirituality, Social Justice, and Two Great Moral Challenges

Friday, September 22, 2006  
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Issued: September 22, 2006

Former George School 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 George School, 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 at Davis.