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Parker J. Palmer


Parker J. Palmer is founder and senior partner emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal. A writer, speaker, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality, and social change, Palmer has written nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and his latest, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, chosen by Spirituality & Practice as one of the best books of 2011 on contemplation and social activism. His book On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old is forthcoming this year.

Parker holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley as well as 11 honorary doctorates, 2 Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. In 1998, the Leadership Project, a national survey of 10,000 educators, named Palmer 1 of the 30 “most influential senior leaders” in higher education and o1ne of the 10 key “agenda-setters” of the past decade. In 2010, Palmer was given the William Rainey Harper Award whose previous recipients include Margaret Mead, Elie Wiesel, and Paolo Freire. In 2011, he was named an Utne Reader Visionary, 1 of “25 people who are changing your world.”

Palmer is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). He and his wife live in Madison, Wisconsin.

How to Be a Poet | opinion | On Being
The Inner Life of Rebellion | interview | On Being
‘Welcome to the Human Race’ an Interview with Parker J. Palmer on the Topic of Depression | interview | Center for Courage & Renewal

Festival Years: 2010, 2018