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Your Habits & Your Life: A Socratic Conversation

        Aristotle declared that "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a HABIT."

        Now, educators, psychologists, social scientists, organizational leaders, and people like us are re-discovering the power of this discipline which has been neglected for several decades. It has been harnessed for good and not-so-good, by marketers at Proctor & Gamble and Target, CEOs at ALCOA and Starbucks, and other organizations ranging from the Civil Rights Movement to major churches. Most importantly, each of us can use it to transform our lives.

        Please join us to share your opinions, experiences, and reflections:

        • What are some good and bad habits?

        • Would you like to change any of your habits, or cultivate any new ones?

        • How do habits determine how we vote, what we buy, who we know, and
          how we keep healthy, or get sick?

        Suggested optional reading: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg (Random House).

        Where: 305 Russell

        Next session: Thursday, 2/14, Topic: TBA

        Inspired by Socrates' famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community on campus, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry.

        These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries.
        Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations including, but not limited to sign language interpretation, Braille or large print materials, and a campus map of accessible features. Address these requests to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (212) 678-3689,, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY.

        • Jennifer Govan
        • 212-678-3022
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