Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again / Edition 1

Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again / Edition 1

by Roger H. Martin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520255410

ISBN-13: 9780520255418

Pub. Date: 09/02/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

The idea of reliving youth is a common fantasy, but who among us is actually courageous enough to try it? After surviving a deadly cancer against tremendous odds, college president Roger H. Martin did just that—he enrolled at St. John's College, the Great Books school in Annapolis, Maryland, as a sixty-one-year-old freshman. This engaging, often humorous

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The idea of reliving youth is a common fantasy, but who among us is actually courageous enough to try it? After surviving a deadly cancer against tremendous odds, college president Roger H. Martin did just that—he enrolled at St. John's College, the Great Books school in Annapolis, Maryland, as a sixty-one-year-old freshman. This engaging, often humorous memoir of his semester at St. John's tells of his journey of discovery as he falls in love again with Plato, Socrates, and Homer, improbably joins the college crew team, and negotiates friendships across generational divides. Along the way, Martin ponders one of the most pressing questions facing education today: do the liberal arts still have a role to play in a society that seems to value professional, vocational, and career training above all else? Elegantly weaving together the themes of the great works he reads with events that transpire on the water, in the coffee shop, and in the classroom, Martin finds that a liberal arts education may be more vital today than ever before. This is the moving story of a man who faces his fears, fully embraces his second chance, and in turn rediscovers the gifts of life and learning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255418
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue

1. Orientation (Four Years Later)
2. Hubris
3. Homesickness
4. Dysfunctional Families
5. Navy
6. Old Farts
7. Community
8. Victory

Epilogue
Bibliography

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