Associate Director, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University
New Words Bookstore has been a beacon for me, because it is a place where people who care deeply and passionately about social justice have actually made something happen in that name. They have turned their passion and their rhetoric into a concrete, incredibly useful business entity that has been a continuous statement of their beliefs — in every book chosen, every speaker featured, every customer helped. I was devastated to hear that the Bookstore would close, until I heard about the new Center for New Words. This bold vision will not only keep the old flame alight, but will shape it to light the way in the changing arenas of the twenty-first century.