ADU-CER | ISBN 978-0-945159-49-0 | Softcover | 346 pages

The Civically Engaged Reader

ADU-CER | ISBN 978-0-945159-49-0 | Softcover | 346 pages
The Civically Engaged Reader
The Civically Engaged Reader assembles more than forty provocative and diverse readings that range across literature, philosophy, and religion. These selections invite reflection on all kinds of civic-minded activities–from giving and serving to leading and associating–and on the vital connections between thought and service. Appendixes with questions for discussion and tips for making those discussions meaningful make this anthology a ready-to-go resource for service and volunteer groups, as well as high school and college classrooms.



  • Politics*Aristotle
  • Waiting for the BarbariansConstantine Cavafy
  • I Shall Not Beg for My RightsHenry MacNeal Turner
  • The Boy Without a FlagAbraham Rodriguez Jr.
  • They'll Say, "She Must Be from Another Country"Imtiaz Dharker
  • FellowshipFranz Kafka
  • Earliest ImpressionsJane Addams
  • He Sits Down on the Floor of a School for the RetardedAlden Nowlan
  • The Theory of Moral Sentiments*Adam Smith
  • Democracy in America*Alexis de Tocqueville
  • The Souls of Black Folk*W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Theme for English BLangston Hughes
  • RecitatifToni Morrison
  • Mending WallRobert Frost


  • Luella MillerMary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Dry DockMargaret Sutherland
  • Saving the Crippled BoyJan Beatty
  • The EleventhHenri Barbusse
  • The Moral Equivalent of WarWilliam James
  • The Subjective Necessity of Social SettlementsJane Addams
  • The Drum Major InstinctMartin Luther King Jr.
  • The Book of Ruth
  • Specimen Days*Walt Whitman
  • The Lovers of the PoorGwendolyn Brooks
  • What We Don't Talk About When We Don't Talk About ServiceAdam Davis


  • Where Were WeDave Eggers
  • The Reveries of the Solitary Walker*Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • The Sweetness of CharityMaya Angelou
  • The Lamb and the PineconePablo Neruda
  • The Gospel of Wealth, Part IAndrew Carnegie
  • Self-Reliance*Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Compassion: The Wish-Fulfilling JewelSogyal Rinpoche
  • A Bed for the NightBertolt Brecht
  • Four Traditions of PhilanthropyElizabeth Lynn and D. Susan Wisely
  • Mishneh Torah*
  • If All Who Have Begged HelpAnna Akhmatova


  • The Wife of His YouthCharles Waddell Chesnutt
  • II Samuel, Chapters 11-12
  • The DestructorsGraham Greene
  • The HelmsmanFranz Kafka
  • The LessonToni Cade Bambara
  • The Use of ForceWilliam Carlos Williams
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin*Benjamin Franklin
  • The Ones Who Walk Away from OmelasUrsula K. Le Guin
  • The History TeacherBilly Collins
  • Second Inaugural AddressAbraham Lincoln
  • The Minister's Black VeilNathaniel Hawthorne