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For more than twenty years, Charles D. Hayes has been writing about the subject of self-education. Now in his seventh decade, he’s turned his interest to learning and aging with three books: September University: Summoning Passion for an Unfinished Life, The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning and Existential Aspirations: Reflections of a Self-Taught Philosopher. The essays in this collection reveal some of his most penetrating insights about the importance of acknowledging our own mortality, fueling our curiosity, and making the best use of our remaining years. (9179 words)
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About the Author
Charles D. Hayes is a self-taught philosopher and one of America’s strongest voices in support of lifelong learning. Promoting the idea that education should be thought of not as something you get but as something you take, his work has been honored by the American Library Association and featured in USA Today, in the UTNE Reader, and on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. Hayes’ September University: Summoning Passion for an Unfinished Life has been described as a “must read” for anyone aspiring to a better world. His previous book, The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning, upholds the importance of seeking truth and serving others to achieve our full potential as human beings. Hayes spent his youth in Texas, and then served as a U.S. Marine and a police officer before embarking on a career in the oil industry. Alaska has been his home for more than 30 years.