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Spring 2016

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Hello Saints!
Our first-year book for Spring 2016, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, investigates the powerful story of Chris McCandless who, shortly after college graduation, abandons all of his possessions and savings to set out into the wilds of Alaska.  His journey and his fateful death have captured tabloid headlines and become the subject of a major motion picture.  As importantly, Krakauer’s beautiful interrogation of Chris’ life in the book has provoked conversation about the kind of deeply reflective philosophical and human questions that are the goals of a meaningful college education: what is (or ought to be) the relationship between an individual and society, other individuals, or their community?  Man and nature?  Us, in our 20s, and the families that raised us?  What does our sense of self have to do with our class, our wealth, or the things that we own?  If we reject those things (as McCandless does) for a more "authentic" life, what makes that life meaningful?  How does one find authentic experience? 
We hope you’ve started the reading and are enjoying it! 


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