Metta Spencer

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Industry Education
Occupation Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Introduction Before retiring from the University of Toronto, I coordinated a program in peace studies. My introductory textbook, Foundations of Modern Sociology, was published in nine editions. Since retiring in 1997 I continue as the editor of Peace Magazine. My 2006 book, Two Aspirins and a Comedy: How Television Can Enhance Health and Society, deals with the impact of entertainment in human affairs , ranging from our health (dramas stimulate emotions that can make you sick or healthy), to our ethics (as we empathize with good or evil characters) to our social policies (as we learn to handle social problems). I hope to stimulate use of entertainment for personal and societal well-being. My new book. The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy, involved 28 years of research. I interviewed hundreds, especially Gorbachev's advisers, showing how the global peace movement influenced Soviet military policies, and promotes democracy.
Interests communication, culture, movies, television, disarmament, nonviolent action, environment, Northern Exposure, psychoneuroimmunology, oil, Gorbachev, health, literary and dramatic criticism, empathy, global warming, economic development, Buddhism, ancient civilization
Favorite Movies Gandhi, early Woody Allen comedies, City Lights
Favorite Music Blues, Jesse Cook, Fado, Beatles, Verdi operas, Ravi Shankar
Favorite Books Emotional Intelligence, Everything Bad is Good for You, The Shape of Ancient Thought, The Company We Keep, Waging Nonviolent Struggle

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