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Parker J. Palmer

Parker J. Palmer is founder and senior partner of the national Center for Courage & Renewal, which oversees “Courage to Teach”, “Courage to Lead” and “Circle of Trust ™” programs for people in the serving professions (including education, medicine, ministry, law, and philanthropy), as well as people in other walks of life. For fifteen years, he served as Senior Associate of the American Association of Higher Education. He now serves as Senior Advisor to the Fetzer Institute.

A writer, traveling teacher and activist, Dr. Palmer focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality, and social change. His work has spoken to people in many sectors of our society, including public schools, college and universities, religious institutions, corporations, foundations, and grass-roots organizations.

He has published a dozen poems, some two hundred essays, and six books in addition to Let Your Life Speak, including several best-selling and award-winning titles with Jossey-Bass: A Hidden Wholeness, The Promise of Paradox, The Courage to Teach and The Active Life.His next book, scheduled to publish in 2011, is tentatively titled The Politics of the Brokenhearted: Opening the Heart of American Democracy.

Dr. Palmer’s work has been recognized with ten honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, and major grants from the Danforth Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the Fetzer Institute.

Parker J. Palmer received the Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), he lives with his wife, Sharon Palmer, in Madison, Wisconsin.


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