In an Unfamiliar Place: Voyages of (Self) Discovery

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Voyages of (Self) Discovery
Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz
Day/Time Taught: 
MWF 11:00-11:50 am and MWF 112:00-12:50 pm
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This seminar focuses on autobiographical writings by people who, in one way or another, have found themselves in an unfamiliar place. Our subjects will range from Barbara Kingsolver—who voluntarily transported herself across the country to begin a new life and a new way of living off her own land in southern Virginia—to Marjane Satrapi—who (while a teenager) was forced to leave Iran after the 1979 revolution—to Jon Krakauer—who participated in a climb of Mount Everest, during the course of which many others died. Whether through moving, exile, or a pushing of human limits, each of the writers moved out of his or her comfort zones to somewhere new, and each chose to write an autobiographical account of their trek. In creating their reflections on their new places and/or experiences, they undertook a voyage of not just discovery but of self-discovery, and in the process they learned as much about themselves as the new world around them. Such travels and voyages of (self) discovery may prove especially meaningful to college students now finding themselves in an unfamiliar place.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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