The Scholarship @ Villanova series kicks off this academic year on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 4p.m. in the first floor lounge in Falvey Memorial Library with Sally Scholz, Ph.D., discussing her acclaimed book, Political Solidarity. In her book, she explores the definition of solidarity in a political context using the transformational roles of advocacy groups, such as the civil rights and women’s rights movements, in society.
Undoubtedly, social movements, radical or otherwise, have brought about substantial change in American politics and have molded the fabric of our society. From civil rights to international trade, activists for social change are engaging in a wide variety of efforts to advance their cause for justice. Dr. Scholz’s book captures the essence of social activism.
Dr. Scholz has earned accolades for her ability to analyze topical issues using researched hypotheses that promote a rigorous, yet healthy, public discourse. Her passion for community service and social justice is evident in the opening narrative of her book in which she describes a rewarding undergraduate experience characterized by service and outreach projects that helped her develop a deeper understanding of society. It was from such invaluable community service activities that she knew she wanted to learn and “know what solidarity meant.” This “sparked the desire for social justice.”
She defines political solidarity as the “unity of individuals each responding to a particular situation of injustice, oppression, social vulnerability or tyranny. Each individual makes a conscious commitment to a cause.”
Dr. Scholz has been a professor at Villanova University for 15 years and teaches courses in philosophy, Women’s Studies, ethics, and Peace and Justice. She is also the co editor for the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies.
No stranger to the world of writing and research, Dr. Scholz has published five books, including titles on Rousseau and Simone de Beauvoir.
This Scholarship @ Villanova event is the first in the series sponsored by Falvey and is open to the public. Copies of Political Solidarity will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
By Akua K. Adoo, Publications & Communication intern