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Last night, as part of Paul Smith’s Library’s Student Speaker series, Dylan Kirk and Dane Riva debated the existence of God in Douglass-Lincoln fashion. The argument was lively, full of solid points, but what I really like is the platform.
The series was organized by Meggan, and featured discussions on restorative agriculture and creating a french children’s book.
“I wanted to give our students a venue to share their expertise and interests with the community,” Frost told the Enterprise in an email. “Students come to college to learn, but they also come with strong skill sets and interests that aren’t necessarily addressed by higher education. The idea is to give them the opportunity to develop their presentation skills and while sharing their expertise with the rest of the community.”
Much of what I encourage in my composition class is that if you’re going to write about something you have to do it from something you care about. So I get essays on hydro-fracking, sugar milling, and going fishing. This program is about exactly that—giving students the opportunity to talk about things they care about that sometimes does not get addressed in the classroom. They get the chance to change roles, and I become their audience member.
Yesterday, I had faculty orientation at Paul Smith’s College. The place is amazing, absolutely beautiful and the people I’m working with are supportive and magnificent. I’m in love with the library.
This is the view from the top floor looking out on the lake, with my fellow freshman composition teacher Sarah in view working on her syllabus. I’m really lucky to be a part of this staff, and I’m so giddy that I’ve been up since 4:30 this morning making sure everything is perfect for my first day of class next week.
My old boss, Robert Viscusi, said to me in text message when I told him I got hired: “As Emerson wrote to Whitman on a famous occasion, ‘I greet you at the beginning of a great career.’ ” I got pretty choked up.