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Speeches & Interviews

The Inner Life of Rebellion with Krista Tippett, Courtney Martin, and Parker J. Palmer brings together three thought leaders for a cross-generational conversation about the inner work of sustainable, resilient social change.

Living Room Conversations: Joan Blades and Parker J. Palmer is an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.”  Joan and Parker introduce a grassroots movement that brings small groups of people together across bitter political divisions, to find common ground.

If Only We Would Listen: Parker J. Palmer On What We Could Learn About Politics, Faith, And Each Other, an interview in The Sun magazine by Alicia von Stamwitz, November 2012. A portion of the interview is online; the full text is available to subscribers or you can order Issue 443 from The Sun.

Utne Reader named Parker Palmer as one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World in 2011.”

Politics of the Brokenhearted Parker spoke with Jean Feraca of the Wisconsin Public Radio show “Here on Earth” in October 2010 on reclaiming the heart of American democracy and helping heal the deep divides that threaten it.

Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education:  An interview with Parker Palmer In this interview for the Spirituality in Higher Education Newsletter (May 2009), Parker shares his thoughts on the current landscape of higher education with regard to pedagogy and practice, and advocates for the integration of meaning and purpose in our educational institutions.

The Aurora Forum at Stanford University Parker was interviewed about The Courage to Teach at the Forum on February 21, 2009.  A transcript is available on this link, and the audio is available on iTunes.

Speaking of Faith, hosted by Krista Tippett, is public radio’s weekly conversation about religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas.  Parker Palmer appeared on Speaking of Faith first in 2006 on the topic of “The Soul of Depression.” This episode re-aired on February 29, 2009.

Bill Moyers Journal on Public Television Parker appeared on the PBS show Bill Moyers Journal on February 20, 2009.  He spoke about the economic crisis, democracy, and depression.  The link will allow you to watch, listen, or read a transcript.

Stories of Depression Parker appeared on the Wisconsin Public Radio show called To the Best of Our Knowledge and contributed to a discussion about the two different definitions of depression — the economic downturn of The Great Depression, as well as depression, the illness.

Repossessing Virtue: Parker Palmer on Economic Crisis, Morality, and Meaning Parker appeared on National Public Radio’s “Speaking of Faith” with Krista Tippett, on December 14, 2008. In this program, he explores the spiritual aspects of the economic downturn.

Here on Earth: Post-election Reflections Parker appeared on “Here on Earth,” with Jean Feraca of Wisconsin Public Radio in November of 2008. On the day after the election of President Barack Obama, Parker spoke about what it means to be a “community organizer.”

American Democracy and Public Education: In Whom Do We Trust? Parker Palmer delivered the keynote for the Bridges to the Future lecture series at Denver University on September 23, 2008.

A Sustainable Education Interview and discussion with Jean Feraca on her Wisconsin Public Radio show “Here on Earth.” Recorded April 1, 2008.

Parker Palmer on The Politics of the Brokenhearted, and Deepening the American Dream: Reflections on the Inner Life of Spirit and Democracy A discussion with Michael Lerner of Commonweal that includes audio as well as a downloadable transcript and an article on the same topic.

Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Jean Feraca and Parker Palmer talk about Merton’s journey from traditional Roman Catholicism as a Trappist monk into an expansive universal Christianity.

pdf 2007 Commencement Address to California Institute of Integral Studies (PDF, 95Kb) Delivered at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on May 27, 2007

pdf 2007 Commencement Address to Bank Street College of Education (PDF, 58Kb) Delivered at Riverside Church in New York City on May 24, 2007

Leading from Within: Reclaiming Selfhood in Professional Life
Video of a lecture given by Parker J. Palmer at Wellesley College on October 26, 2005

pdf Leading from the Heart: An Interview with Parker Palmer by L. J. Rittenhouse from Executive Talent, Spring 2001.
Parker Palmer talks about the importance of leading from a place of authenticity in oneself in this interview with LJ Rittenhouse, the President and CEO of Rittenhouse Rankings, Inc.; which works with executive teams to build cultures known for accountability that sharpen execution, grow trust and achieve financial leadership.

Leadership and the Inner Journey: An Interview with Parker Palmer by L. J. Rittenhouse from Leader to Leader pp. 26-33, Fall 2001
Parker Palmer has inspired a national movement to reform teaching and education. Here, in conversation with L.J. Rittenhouse, Palmer explains why the inner journey is a prerequisite to authentic leadership. LJ Rittenhouse is the President and CEO of Rittenhouse Rankings, Inc.; which works with executive teams to build cultures known for accountability that sharpen execution, grow trust and achieve financial leadership. LJ is also the author of three books including Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions By Decoding CEO Communications.

The Violence of Our Knowledge: Toward a Spirituality of Higher Education From 21st Century Learning Initiative. The Michael Keenan Memorial Lecture, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Seventh Lecture 1993.

 

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