Writing About Home and Travel
AUGUST TERM 2021
DR. F. JEFFERSON HENDRICKS
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin famously said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”
Doubtless, you have heard quotes like this all your life. Stories of Robert Frost taking the road less traveled. Neo choosing the red pill or the blue. Horton saving the whos. As you embark on your own path, what exactly do you want to learn? What will you write home?
In a world where information is more accessible than ever, how can you navigate between truth and fantasy? As the world shrinks, exactly how far do you have to go to get away?
In this class we learn from philosophers such as Plato and Seuss what knowledge really means to the human mind. Inside and out of the classroom. We will travel with Harry Potter to Hogwarts, with Bilbo to Mount Doom, and with Ernest Hemingway to Paris. As you begin your own college journey, join us as we delve into what adventure, magic, home, and truth signify to each of us. Finally, as you grow accustomed to your new surroundings, we take lessons and expand strategies for success at centenary and beyond.
As you begin the next steps in your Centenary journey, question what you want from your college experience!
Texts: (these will be provided FREE to students in class)
- The Gawain Poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. (late 14th century) [ebook found in our Canvas "Files"]
- Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. (1937)
- London, Jack. Jack London's Stories for All Seasons. (2020)
- Rowlings, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. (1997; known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Great Britain)