Steps to Improve our World


This seminar will focus on how we might make our world a better place. We’ll be reading a book that presents new ideas about who we humans are, what our fundamental motivations might be, and how we might act to improve things. We’ll discuss alternatives to politics that are neither democratic nor authoritarian, ways of dealing with money that are neither capitalistic nor Marxist, and new forms of spirituality and religion. We’ll try to apply a theory that suggests the possibility of liberty, equality, and fraternity.



Reading: Joseph de Rivera, Forming a Global Community, ISBN 978-1648895166. Several editions are available on Amazon and less expensive copies are available at the MSC office.

About the Instructor

Joseph de Rivera holds a PhD from Stanford. He is a social psychologist who served in the Navy and taught at Dartmouth and NYU before moving to Clark University where he formed its Program in Peace and Conflict Studies.


Joseph deRivera



1:00-2:30 p.m.
8-week course begins Sept. 14



Class meets at UMA Brunswick Center, Orion Hall, 12 Sewall St., Brunswick (Brunswick Landing)—Room 119