Santa Barbara Independent
Monday, February 13, 2012
By Elizabeth Schwyzer
He’s a sociologist, a social activist, and a spiritual seeker. He’s the author of best sellers The Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak, and A Hidden Wholeness. He’s the founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal, a leadership-training program for educators, clergy, lawyers, doctors, and philanthropists. Among his fans are activist author Terry Tempest Williams and Congressmember Lois Capps. Now, at age 72, Palmer is turning his attention to U.S. politics. His latest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, is a call to action aimed at all Americans who care about the health of the nation.
This Wednesday, February 22, the Wisconsin-based thinker will make his first public appearance in Southern California. He’ll be speaking at the Lobero about his book and the ideas behind it. Palmer comes to Santa Barbara courtesy of the local nonprofit The Courage to Lead, founded in 2008 by community leader Ken Saxon, a devotee of Palmer’s who calls him “a wise and articulate analyst of the human condition.”