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Socratic Conversation: Happier Endings: How Have We, How Do We, and How Should We Handle It When Something Ends?, with Ron Gross

        As this academic term concludes and we bid farewell for now to classmates, teachers, and colleagues, we'll gather to share what we’ve experienced, and what we've learned, about the inevitable goodbyes that occur in all our lives.

        We'll consider finales big and small, ordinary and extraordinary, sudden and protracted, painful and liberating, based on the book Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free, by Harvard professor Sara Lawrence Lightfoot.

        We'll draw from our personal lives, but we'll also ponder the social and economic conditions which make Exiting a pervasive part of American lives today, due to such disruptions as Divorce, Immigration, and constantly Changing Jobs and Careers.

        "Our exits are often ignored or invisible," writes Lightfoot. At this session, we'll focus on how we might turn them into endings that set us free.

        Where: Second Floor Salon

        Next session: Thursday, 5/30, 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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