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What does it mean to begin again? To embark on a path already treaded, to look back on experiences with a fresh pair of eyes, to reexamine life in an exciting new way. Renewal is a process that many of us will undergo in our lifetimes, and whether it be by choice or not, we must learn how to begin again.
Every time we start a new school year, a new job, or move to a new location, we begin again. We renew ourselves and the people and things around us in new, unfamiliar beginnings. We reinvent, restore, and revitalize. Sometimes we renew our identities so that we are more comfortable in our own skin, and other times we change to fully mature as human beings. Each year we renew, but what matters is how we change and grow over the course of each renewal.
This year’s theme of Renewal was nominated by Stephanie Thompson, Class of 2021.
Dr. Allison Carr
Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in Weber Chapel
Allison Carr, associate professor of rhetoric and director of writing across the curriculum at Coe College (IA), teaches courses in rhetoric, theory, composition, and creative nonfiction writing. As a researcher, she is interested in the emotional/affective dimensions of teaching & learning writing – especially the role failure plays in this work. Her writing on this subject has appeared most recently in the introduction to her collection with Laura Micciche, Failure Pedagogies: Learning and Unlearning What It Means to Fail (2020). She enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds but especially catching her toddler at the bottom of the slide.
This event is required for first-year students.