|"Big Questions, Worthy Dreams" author to visit campus Nov. 6|
Sharon Daloz Parks, author of "Big Questions, Worthy Dreams," will speak throughout the day Thursday, Nov. 6, to help our community challenge young adults to face their search for a place of belonging, integrity and contribution.
* 9 to 11:30 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. A workshop for student affairs professionals, mentors and administrators. Please register through the U2 program.
In her book, "Big Questions, Worthy Dreams," she describes the 20-something generation: "Never before in the human life cycle (and never again) is there the same developmental readiness for asking big questions and forming worthy dreams. Through conversation, reflection, and life experiences, this workshop will provide an occasion for student affairs professionals, and others working with young adults, to become re-engaged in the critical work and strategic role of mentoring in this 20-something population.
By participating in this event you will learn:
• how young adults can make meaning of life and how they undergo changes to develop critical and connective thinking,
• how to assist young adults in their growth to become productive citizens in the 21st century, and
• the roles that faculty, administrators, and staff can play in the development of young adults in the classroom, in campus life, and in their community.
3:30 to 5 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art, "The Artistry of Leadership" with Sharon Daloz Parks.
One of the primary characteristics of the artistry of leadership is the willingness to work on an edge – the edge between the familiar and the emergent unknown. In the first 30 minutes, Daloz Parks will provide faculty a time to reflect on how our notions of leadership are undergoing transformation in a time of profound cultural change. She will draw on her 2005 book: "Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World." This session will be relevant to all who teach and to all who, in roles large and small, must practice leadership.
By using a strategy of distinguishing between authority and leadership, Dr. Parks affirms that we do not fear change but we do fear loss, and in today’s world when we must create practices of leadership fitting to the 21st century, higher education bears a special responsibility for our own practice of leadership and for developing young adults as leaders through artful mentoring. Dr. Parks affirms that the transition into young adulthood occurs most gracefully and with optimum potential when the emerging self is recognized and invited into a wider arena of participation by wise and trusted adults." (Parks p. 80)
She will be available for conversation until 5 p.m. Join her for refreshments and conversation. Ask about her research on mentoring young adults, the formation of leadership, and the potential evolution of the common good to create a more just and prosperous world.
7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Archives Coffee Shop, 3012 University Ave., "Freedom and Boundaries: Is There a Common Good?" This is open to the general public, students, faculty, staff and community members.
By participating in this informal fireside chat with Dr. Daloz Parks, you will explore the concept of the common good and the formation of people who are able to sustain commitment to the common good when they are not naïve about the complexity, diversity, and moral ambiguity of our time. Questions are welcomed. Discussion topics may include:
• Exploring the common good and its benefit to society.
• Examining the reality of our “new commons.”
• Expanding the roles of confession, compassion, imagination, and courage.
• Re-assessing the role of trust and a sense of personal power.
• Identifying the boundaries that must be crossed in order to develop a sense of connection and security and freedom.
• Understanding the relationship between career/professional commitments and the common good.
The facilitator for this conversation is Kathy Fick, campus minister at the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center. This event is co-sponsored by UND Student Government.
For more information, visit 125.und.edu, or call 777-6393.
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