Here’s an online flier to pass on to fellow teachers who might be interested in Paul Loeb's
The Impossible Will Take a Little While and Soul of a Citizen. It includes information on the books, on free exam copies, and links to classroom study questions and informationon Paul's lectures

SUBJECT: Academic exam copies of updated civic engagement classics The Impossible and Soul


"The Impossible might possibly be the most important collection of stories and essays you will ever read."
--American Book Association & The History Channel

"When my daughter asked from college how to be an effective grassroots citizen, I gave her Paul's books."
--Josette Sheeran, former Executive Director, United Nations World Food Program

If you teach a relevant course or supervise a program where these books might be assigned, visit

See for more information, or email


What keeps us going when times get tough? How have the leaders and unsung heroes of world-changing political movements persevered
in the face of cynicism, fear, and seemingly overwhelming odds? In The Impossible Will Take a Little While, they tell us in their own words. After 22 printings and adoption at hundreds of colleges, in every discipline and from first-year common readings to graduate seminars,
editor Paul Rogat Loeb has comprehensively updated the book. It explores what it's like to go up against Goliath, whether South African apartheid,
the dictatorships of Mubarak's Egypt or Communist Eastern Europe, racial or sexual prejudice in America, or the corporations driving escalating climate change. These stories don't sugarcoat the obstacles. But they inspire hope by showing what keeps us keeping on.

The Impossible creates a conversation among some of the most visionary and eloquent voices of our times, or any time: Think Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Vaclav Havel,
Bill Moyers, and Howard Zinn. Alice Walker, Mary Pipher, Jonathan Kozol, Diane Ackerman, Tony Kushner, Bill McKibben, Paul Hawken, and Marian Wright Edelman. Cornel West, Terry Tempest Williams, Pablo Neruda, Audre Lorde, and Desmond Tutu. Loeb has added powerful new essays, worked with existing authors to update
their contributions, and updated his own introductions to speak to a time when students need models for hope more than ever. Wholly updated edition May 2014,
Basic Books, 483 pages, $18.99, See classroom responses and updated classroom study questions at 

"We assigned The Impossible as a common reading across the curriculum: sociology, English, speech, political science, digital arts, nursing, even some chemistry
and art courses. Students found the book completely inspiring."--Lori Halverson-Wente, Speech Communications, Rochester Community & Technical College, Rochester, MN

With 150,000 copies in print, Loeb's Soul of a Citizen has also been comprehensively updated. Soul examines how ordinary citizens can make their voices heard and
actions count in a time when we're told neither matter. It looks at how people get involved in larger community issues and what stops them from getting involved;
how they burn out in exhaustion or maintain their commitment for the long haul; how involvement can give them a powerful sense of connection and purpose, even when
 the road is difficult. Similarly assigned on hundreds of campuses and in every discipline, Soul has helped students of all backgrounds and political perspectives
learn to make a difference--and begin journeys of involvement that may last their entire lives. St Martin's Press, 2010 with small subsequent revisions, 381 pages, $17.99. See or for classroom responses and study questions.


"For young people working to make a difference, this kind of first-person inspiration is invaluable."--Jackie Schmidt Posner, director of Public Service Education,
Haas Center, Stanford University

Paul Rogat Loeb is also the author of Generation at the Crossroads, Hope in Hard Times, and Nuclear Culture. He appears regularly
on HuffingtonPost and on national radio and TV, and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Christian Science Monitor.He founded the national nonpartisan Campus Election Engagement Project that worked with 750 campuses in 2012 to get students involved and is now engaging them in
important mid-term elections. He's also lectured at over 400 campuses and keynoted numerous academic conferences.
Visit if you're interested in inviting him to speak.



"Soul was the common reader for over 2,500 students enrolled in our first-year seminar. It introduced them to active community engagement, inspired countless
service learning and advocacy projects (from literacy programs to a gay rights effort and an NRA-backed concealed weapons initiative), and strengthened their
campus and community connections."--Jim Davis, chair first-year book committee, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

"I've used The Impossible in service-learning classes for student athletes at the University of Central Florida and with minor league players of the
Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. The athletes loved the book and the readings provide a meaningful context to understand how they can use the power
and appeal of sport to effect meaningful social change."--Richard Astro,Chief Academic Officer, National Consortium for Academics and Sports

"We had our First Year Seminar students read Soul's new edition and then work in small-group service projects. Loeb's book inspired them to
come up with some wonderful ideas, from river clean-ups and educational efforts around female body image to working with local food banks
and examining state tax policies. Soul's stories really resonated with the students, demonstrating to them that you don’t have to be perfect
to take a stand. We also had terrific conversations when we brought Loeb in to speak."--Lisa Tetzloff, Director of Student Life, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

"My first-year seminar students thoroughly enjoyed the pieces they read from The Impossible. My colleague and I were extremely pleased with the success of the theme,
'The Literature of Hope.'"--Carmen Werder, First-Year Programs, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

"We assigned Soul's new edition to the students in our ACCESS summer bridge programs. Some of these students had never really read a book aside from textbooks,
 but they responded wonderfully. As the director of this program for 15 years, I have never had a 'common reading' that had the impact of Soul. It energized
these students by showing them that they could use their interests, talents and education to make real change in their world."--Lettie Raab, Director, ACCESS program,
Prairie View A&M, Prairie View, Texas

"I use The Impossible in my introductory U.S. and California government classes to help students understand that politics is made up of living, breathing people,
not just a bunch of abstractions. Students read the chapters, then write briefly about them and break up into pairs to discuss what they wrote. The students really
seem to 'get' the readings--the idea that activists don’t have to be saints comes through very effectively."--Brian Lawson, Social Sciences, Santa Monica Community College
& Cal State, Dominguez Hills

"The Impossible has long been the basic text for our Interdisciplinary Core Senior Seminar. Our students love this book and tell me it is one of the few texts they will
keep after graduation. We've also used Soul in our Foundations of Civic Engagement course for many years. Paul Loeb is a household name on our campus."--Maria Roca, Department of Communication, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL

"Studying the causes and consequences of social problems can be very challenging, so it's essential to offer examples of hope and courage. The Impossible inspires our students by exploring how we can create community, nourish our spirits, and make a difference through actions, large and small."
-- Kim Smith, Department of Sociology, Portland Community College, Portland, OR

"The Impossible has been a fantastic addition to 'Contemporary World in Perspective,' an option in our humanities core."--Elizabeth Clark, Dept of History, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas

"We assigned Soul to all our First Year Experience students, and as a core text for our psychology internship. It helps students
 to think beyond their own lives--personally and professionally--and to engage with a larger world, feeling that their actions can matter. They've really loved the book."--Christine Olson, Faculty Civic Engagement Coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State, Marshall, MN

Again, if you teach a relevant course or supervise a program where these books might be assigned, you can get free academic exam copies of their updated editions.

You can also buy Paul's books directly if you're interested but don't teach a relevant course.


Please forward to colleagues who might be interested in Paul's books or inviting him to speak.