Author: Nancy Selig Amsden Genre:

Through Different Eyes:

The Grand Social Experiment that is Columbia, Maryland

by Nancy Selig Amsden
ISBN: 978-1-60166-048-0
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Pages: 100

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THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES tells a personal account of growing up in Columbia, Maryland—a planned community that was designed to promote inclusion and diversity and eliminate segregation. During a time of great social change in the early 1960s, planner and developer James Rouse had a vision of creating a community in which people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, races and religions could come together in an environment that promoted diversity, inclusion and equality. By 1967 many families joined the movement in “The New Utopia” and began a social experiment of the grandest kind.

This book presents a personal memoir of how this environment impacted the author’s life and worldview. It recounts fascinating details about Columbia, including its innovative suburban design, interfaith centers, open space schools and desegregated housing. It also provides testimonials from others who have called Columbia home.

As Columbia celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2017 it has also been ranked as the #1 Place to Live by Money Magazine for 2015. This book is not only a testament to how one man’s utopian vision deeply moved generations of Columbians, it is a rallying cry for our Nation to learn what this “grand social experiment” has taught us about prejudice, religious freedom and unity—and that it truly is possible for a diverse community to live together in peace and harmony.

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About the Author:
Meet Nancy Selig Amsden

nancyseligamsdenNancy Selig Amsden tells the story of her experience growing up in Columbia, Maryland—a community designed to promote inclusion and diversity and eliminate segregation. Nancy is an author, singer, and songwriter whose compositions and writings focus on cultural awareness, social justice and honoring the world around her. Nancy has had a 30-year career in consumer advocacy and regulatory compliance, and has participated in diversity management, cultural awareness and corporate culture initiatives. Nancy has had several articles published, and her songs and lyrics have been published and recorded by Stellar Voice Productions, Inc.

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