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    You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”

    – James Baldwin

    From the comfort of your easy chair, gather online with Center supporters for a presentation / discussion with one of our featured authors.

    TITLES, TOPICS and AUTHORS? As an education center, our work integrates a wide variety of subject areas – but we are always true to our mission “to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.”  Each title selected will present one more aspect of our shared journey in human rights.

    WHEN?  One featured book / author each quarter, the day and time of the live stream will be posted on the Center’s Facebook page and emailed to all Center supporters.  Don’t worry if you miss the live stream, the Conversation will be recorded and you’ll still be able to access it at another time.


    Andrea Vogt, author of Common Courage:
    Bill Wassmuth, Human Rights, and Small-Town Activism

    July 6, 2021

    Time TBA

    Common Courage - Andrea Vogt

    A thoughtful book about the importance of speaking out on behalf of human rights, Common Courage grew out of the last public interviews with noted Northwest human rights activist and former Catholic priest Bill Wassmuth. Author Andrea Vogt chronicles Wassmuth’s fascinating life story – from Idaho farm boy to nationally known human rights activist.

    Ordering your book from Amazon?  Consider AmazonSmile and designate the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights as your favorite charitable organization.

    “Vogt’s final interviews with Wassmuth in his last year of life and struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease movingly reveal a man of deep faith and character, as do her descriptions of his unwavering belief in the role of grassroots human rights efforts. Wassmuth once said, ‘faith communities exist to be a leaven in a larger community.’  Vogt demonstrates not only how inextricably linked Bill Wassmuth’s life was with Idaho, but how he acted as leaven in the Northwest’s fight against white supremacy and, for that matter, the fight against hate across the U.S.”


    — Gail J. Stearns, director, The Common Ministry at WSU, and adjunct faculty member in WSUs Honors College and Department of Women’s Studies

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      Past Authors

      5/4/2021 - Alan Gratz, author of REFUGEE

      Alan Gratz, author of REFUGEE

      Three different kids.

      One mission in common: ESCAPE.

      Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…

      Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America…

      Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…

      All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.


      Ordering your book from Amazon?  Consider AmazonSmile and designate the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights as your favorite charitable organization.

      “With urgent, clear-eyed storytelling, Gratz’s Refugee compellingly explores the desperation and strength that unites those struggling for a place to call home.”

      —Eliot Schrefer, two-time National Book Award finalist

      3/26/2021 - Elizabeth Rosner, Survivor Café

      Elizabeth Rosner, Survivor Café

      As firsthand survivors of many of the twentieth century’s most monumental events—the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Killing Fields—begin to pass away, Survivor Café addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten?

      Ordering your book from Amazon?  Consider AmazonSmile and designate the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights as your favorite charitable organization.

      “Survivor Café…feels like the book Rosner was born to write. Each page is imbued with urgency, with sincerity, with heartache, with heart…. Her words, alongside the words of other survivors of atrocity and their descendants across the globe, can help us build a more humane world.” —San Francisco Chronicle