Orienting Students to the Academic Statement
Evergreen’s faculty warmly welcome new students to the college! During Orientation Week, you will meet several times in small faculty-led groups to learn about being a student at Evergreen. Activities will include an overview of Evergreen’s philosophy of teaching and learning, as well as discussions of David Isay’s Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project. You’ll also reflect on your experiences with education thus far, and begin to articulate your plans, hopes, and dreams for your education at Evergreen and beyond.
This summer, new students will receive a copy of Listening is an Act of Love from the College. The book is a wonderful “summer” read: it will introduce you to people from all walks of American life, and enable you to begin to consider “listening” as an activity central to a liberal education. Evergreen’s pedagogical philosophy is grounded in listening. We are pleased that David Isay will be our speaker for All Campus Convocation at the beginning of Orientation Week. We look forward to beginning the year with you by thinking about and practicing listening together.
Here are some useful links so you can learn about Listening is an Act of Love, the book’s author David Isay, and the StoryCorp project.
- About the book: http://www.amazon.com/Listening-Act-Love-Developmental-ebook/dp/B000W918PA/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368314430&sr=1-3
- About David Isay, founder of StoryCorps: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5425596
- About StoryCorps: storycorps.org