Joanne V. Creighton will be the inaugural speaker for the Office of Academic Development's new series A Known Way, A Safe Passage Wednesday, November 1, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall.
The series organizers have invited faculty, staff, and community leaders to deliver a brief lecture, followed by a Q&A session. Speakers will answer questions about the roles that academic achievement and excellence have played in their careers and life journeys, as well as the value that they place on academic achievement in their current work.
"The series is one among several initiatives that the president and deans have developed to enhance high-level learning at Mount Holyoke," said Lucas Wilson, director of academic development and associate professor of African American studies and economics. "Our hope is that by hearing school stories--good and bad--from adults who do a variety of different jobs in our community, students will realize that the scholarship of discovery can guide them through the college years, and give them the confidence that whatever life work they end up doing, they can find contentment in it."
"We also hope students will find the series to be a space on campus where they can get good answers to probing questions about the self and the possibilities open to each of us," Wilson added. "Isaiah Berlin said it best, 'Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.' This kind of opportunity is, in essence, what the series offers."
The next speaker in the series will be Dr. Howard-John Wesley, pastor of St. John's Congregational Church in Springfield on Wednesday, December 6, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the New York Room.
The series events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.