A Hope in the Unseen

An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League


Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307763080

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boast an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric has almost no friends. He eats lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he has asked for, knowing that he’s really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition–which is fully supported by his forceful mother–is to attend a top-flight college. In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realizes that ambition when he begins as a freshman at Brown University. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and now tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Quicklet on Ron Suskind's A Hope in the Unseen


Author: Lacey Kohlmoos

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614640742

Category: Study Aids

Page: 48

View: 8074

ABOUT THE BOOK Many people have read Ron Suskinds A Hope in the Unseen and been inspired by the story of a boy who used his intelligence, faith, and drive to claw his way up from the ghetto to the Ivory Tower. Some view the book as a scathing commentary on how the American education system fails its students. Yet others wonder what the books message is supposed to be. A call to reform Affirmative Action? A study of what it means to be black in America (as seen through white eyes)? An aggrandizement of the Ivy League? A look at race relations? Class relations? Ron Suskinds 1998 narrative non-fiction A Hope in the Unseen focuses on the story of Cedric Jennings, a boy who managed to make it out of Southeast Washington, DC and gain acceptance into Brown University. Suskind met Cedric while doing a story for The Wall Street Journal on high academic achievers in the dangerous inner city Ballou Senior High School. Unlike the other honor roll students who were afraid to talk to Suskind, Cedric was proud of his achievements and welcomed the reporter into his life. After the article was so successful that it won Suskind a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing in 1995, the idea for A Hope in the Unseen began to take shape. MEET THE AUTHOR Lacey Kohlmoos is a writer, traveler and lover of the arts. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in Drama & the Studies of Women and Gender, the only thing she knew for sure was that she wanted to travel. So, she embarked on a 10 12 month round-the-world trip, then traveled to Costa Rica where she spent one year teaching elementary school English in a small mountain town. Throughout her two years of travels, she's always kept a blog. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK At Ballou Senior High School in Southeast Washington, DC it is not an uncommon occurrence for fires to be set in the bathrooms, for knife fights to break out in the hallways, and for the classrooms to be only half filled with students. The kids at Ballou have grown up where survival either means becoming a part of the violent culture or trying not to get noticed as you work towards a better life. Cedric Jennings, pushed by his mother Barbara, has vowed to do everything in his power to get out of the ghetto and into an Ivy League University. Unlike the other academic achievers at Ballou, however, Cedric refuses to be ashamed of his achievements and drive. As a result, he is constantly ridiculed with taunts of being a nerd, a whitey, and too proud. Cedric does not deny that he is a proud person, but he is driven by much more than that. Desperate to get her son out of Southeast DC, Barbara has pushed him to achieve academic success and climb the social ladder despite her financial troubles and violent upbringing. A spiritual woman who attends multiple services a week at the Scripture Cathedral, she has instilled in Cedric a strict religious code and strong sense of morals. Cedric also finds support in Mr. Taylor, his chemistry teacher and mentor who often quotes scripture and helps him get into MITs MITES summer achievement program. CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on Ron Suskind's A Hope in the Unseen Ron Suskind's A Hope in the Unseen + About A Hope in the Unseen + About Ron Suskind + Overall Summary + Chapter-by-Chapter Commentary and Summary + ...and much more

Hope in the Unseen


Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780780793965

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 7544

As an honor student walking the gauntlet of sneers and threats at his crime-infested high school in Washington, D.C., Cedric Jennings achieved the impossible: a 4.02 grade-point average and acceptance into Brown University. Suskind won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his stories about Jennings and now expands them into this full-length, nonfiction narrative.

The Way of the World

A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism


Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 147112827X

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 9228

From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America and the West lost their way, and at the struggles of their respective governments to reclaim the moral authority on which their survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, and from the fault-line countries of South Asia tothe sands of Guantanamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today's shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens. Tracking down truth and hope, Suskind delivers historic disclosures with this emotionally stirring and strikingly original portrait of the post 9-11 world.

Handbook of Hope

Theory, Measures, and Applications


Author: C. Richard Snyder

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 008053306X

Category: Psychology

Page: 440

View: 3840

Hope has previously been a construct more of interest to philosophy and religion than in psychology. New research has shown, however, that hope is closely related to optimism, feelings of control, and motivation toward achieving one's goals. The Handbook of Hope presents a comprehensive overview of the psychological inquiry into hope, including its measurement, its development in children, how its loss is associated with specific clinical disorders, and therapeutic approaches that can help instill hope in those who have lost theirs. A final section discusses hope in occupational applications: how the use of hope can make one a better coach, teacher, or parent. Key Features * Defines hope as a construct and describes development of hope through the lifespan * Provides multiple instruments for measuring hope * Guides professionals in how to assess hope levels & implement hope as part of therapy * Relates hope to all portions of the population * Includes case studies, figures, and tables to aid understanding of research findings and concepts; discusses the importance of hope to relationships, achieving goals, and success at work

Memory as Life, Life as Memory

The Mystery of Memory


Author: William E. Marsh

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1524626406

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 360

View: 1794

This book is about memory, the power of memory, the weight of memory, the presence of memory. Its about how memory works, and its about how memory moves and shapes us, profoundly and deeply, every moment of every day. Most of all, however, its about how memory points us to some questions that, try as we might, we cannot elude altogether, questions that force us to confront the very nature of existence. Suppose that no one, no one at all, remembered us? Suppose that no one, no one at all, remembered the universe? How can we make sense of a world that one day will be utterly gone and forgotten? Memory makes us speak of things we may not want to accept or understand, thrusts us into things lying beyond what we can picture, imagine, or know. Twisting itself around our heart and burrowing into our soul, memory stretches us. It stretches us to ponder purpose, it stretches us to consider meaning. Memory forces us to think about how unbearably complex we, and this bewildering world, can be if nothing precedes or follows them. Memory opens our heart to God.

The Price of Loyalty


Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471128253

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 1610

A devestating account of the inner workings of the George W. Bush administration, written with the extensive cooperation of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill. As readers are taken to the very epicentre of government, this news-making book offers a definitive view of Bush and his closest advisers as they manage crucial domestic policies and global strategies within the most secretive White House of modern times.

Defining Salvation in the Context of Black Theology


Author: James T. Murphy Jr.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477156194

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 6759

An initial introduction to the study of Christian theology is both exciting and invigorating for students of its discipline. One can become enameled in the classic perspectives of theology without any consideration of a possible alternative. Defining Salvation in the Context of Black Theology is an exit from the classic conviction that trumpets the doctrine of soteriology attributing its substance to the posture of eternity while ignoring the importance of salvation in the existential. Careful not to reject the question of eternal life, but examining the nuances of the term salvation empowers this work to present the like manner essential that having salvation is just as much about now than it is in the here after.

A Chance to Win

Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City


Author: Jonathan Schuppe

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1429974435

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 7004

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist follows an embattled Little League team in inner-city Newark, New Jersey, revealing the complex realities of urban life in one of America's most dangerous cities When Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newark's rough South Ward, was shot and paralyzed, he vowed to turn his life around. A former high-school pitching ace with a 93 mph fastball, Mason decided to form a Little League team to help boys avoid the street life that had claimed his youth and mobility. Predictably, the players struggle—they endure poverty, unstable family lives with few positive male role models, failing schools, and dangerous neighborhoods—but through the fists and tears, lopsided losses and rare victories, this bunch of misfits becomes a team, and in doing so gives the community something to root for. With in-depth reporting, fascinating characters, and vivid prose, Jonathan Schuppe's A Chance to Win is both a penetrating, true-to-life portrait of what's at stake for kids growing up poor in America's inner cities and a portrait of Newark itself, a struggling city that has recently known great hope as well as failure.

Falling Through the Cracks

Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations


Author: Joan Berzoff

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231521812

Category: Social Science

Page: 632

View: 1176

Psychodynamic theory and practice are often misunderstood as appropriate only for the worried well or for those whose problems are minimal or routine. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book shows how psychodynamically informed, clinically based social care is essential to working with individuals whose problems are both psychological and social. Each chapter addresses populations struggling with structural inequities, such as racism, classism, and discrimination based on immigrant status, language differences, disability, and sexual orientation. The authors explain how to provide psychodynamically informed assessment and practice when working with those suffering from mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and cognitive, visual, or auditory impairments, as well as people in prisons, in orphanages, and on child welfare. The volume supports the idea that becoming aware of ourselves helps us understand ourselves: a key approach for helping clients contain and name their feelings, deal with desire and conflict, achieve self-regulation and self-esteem, and alter attachment styles toward greater agency and empowerment. Yet autonomy and empowerment are not birthrights; they are capacities that must be fostered under optimal clinical conditions. This collection uses concepts derived from drive theory, ego psychology, object relations, trauma theory, attachment theory, self psychology, relational theories, and intersubjectivity in clinical work with vulnerable and oppressed populations. Contributors are experienced practitioners whose work with vulnerable populations has enabled them to elicit and find common humanity with their clients. The authors consistently convey respect for the considerable strength and resilience of the populations with whom they work. Emphasizing both the inner and social structural lives of client and clinician and their interacting social identities, this anthology uniquely realizes the complexity of clinical practice with diverse populations.