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1. Privilge and Poverty; 2. The Cadillac of Homeless Shelters; 3. Doing Passion Well; 4. Seeking Connections; 5. Outside the Box; 6. Sheltered from the Ivory Tower; 7. The Best Class at Harvard; 8. Learning to Lead; 9. Enough Committed Fleas; 10. Something That Lives On; Appendix: Research Methods; Bibliography; Index.
Scott Seider is an Assistant Professor of Education at Boston University where his research focuses on the civic development of adolescents and emerging adults.
"In each generation, some privileged and talented young Americans commit their lives to social reform. How they choose to do so affects the future of the nation. Scott Seider's rich and insightful study of Harvard students who run a homeless shelter provides an informative portrait of today's young leaders and their struggle to understand and confront injustice." - Dr. Peter Levine, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University "Scott Seider's study of a homeless shelter in the shadow of Harvard Yard promises to catalyze conversations about what it means to be a civilized society. This insightful book could not be more timely or more important." - Howard Gardner "This highly readable in-depth case study of a homeless shelter run entirely by college students has a lot to teach anyone concerned with the civic engagement of young people. This book made me reexamine some of my long held beliefs about the sustainability and impact of volunteer service efforts led by students and not connected to curriculum. It reinforced my belief that given an opportunity, young people can, and will, do extraordinary things to improve their world." - Elizabeth Hollander, Executive Director, National Campus Compact, 1997-2006 "What makes Scott Seider's Shelter remarkable is the elegant manner in which he has explored and interwoven some of the most important themes in American life. This is more than a compelling study of young students doing community service with a homeless population. It is an examination of life histories and narratives, class conflicts, the meaning of human care, and the discovery of self and community. Beautifully conceived and written, Shelter will stand as a model for social scientists hoping to understand, appreciate, and honor complex sociological and psychological matters." - Dr. Thomas Cottle, Professor of Education, Boston University "This book about a homeless shelter run by Harvard students is also about topics that too often fall off our radar; how we treat - and ought to treat - the marginalized and down and out among us, the particular, powerful contributions that young people can make to improving the lives of others, how young people develop mature ideals and, perhaps most essentially, what economic class means in America. Because Scott Seider is such a good listener and thinker, it's a book that brims with wisdom and humanity." - Dr. Richard Weissbourd, author of The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development