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Seeking the Common Good Series, Spring 2010

Literature as a Lens on the Common Good

Roger Bechtel is inspired by...

Selected Writings
by Walter Benjamin

“Only that historian will have the gift of fanning the spark of hope in the past who is firmly convinced that even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious.” “There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.” Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History”

Words that Rocked My World: Campus Installation
April 12-18
Smith Union and Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
What written texts have most influenced the way you look at the world, inspired you to action, or informed your academic or professional path? This campus installation, including favorite texts selected by students, faculty, staff and alumni, offers inspiration and fosters dialogue by highlighting the ways that literature can help shape and reflect visions of the common good.

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