Discussion Leaders Needed for Life of the Mind Sessions

The Office of First-Year Studies needs additional faculty, staff, and graduate students to serve as discussion leaders for Life of the Mind sessions during Welcome Week.

Discussion leaders will be asked to read this year’s selection—Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel—and lead a small group of students in critical thinking discussions. In addition, leaders will attend a professional development workshop on the novel in preparation for the sessions. Those interested can sign up online.

Station Eleven is a science fiction novel set in the wake of a flu pandemic that brings an end to civilization as we know it. It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Toronto Book Award. It was also nominated for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The campus community is encouraged to read Station Eleven and propose programs or coursework that could tie in to the themes. To inquire about the Life of the Mind program or to suggest the 2018 book, please email Stella Bridgeman.