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  • Pub Date: Apr 02, 2010
  • Kathleen Norris on Acedia, Depression and Modern Society and Malcolm Potts on Sex and War
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  • Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet, writer, and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk and Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith and her new book is ACEDIA & ME: A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer's Life. A popular speaker, she is an editor at large at The Christian Century. She is a recipient of grants from the Bush and Guggenheim foundations; she has been in residence twice at the Collegeville Institute at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and is an oblate of Assumption Abbey in North Dakota.

    Malcolm Potts is the Bixby Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. A Graduate of Cambridge University and trained as an obstetrician and research biologist, his profession has taken him all over the world. Potts led a medical team into Bangladesh immediately after the War of Liberation in 1972, and has worked in many other war-torn places including Vietnam and Cambodia, Afghanistan, Egypt, the Gaza Strip, Liberia and Angola. His most recent books are Queen Victoria's Gene and Ever Since Adam and Eve: The Evolution of Human Sexuality and Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World.