Bowdoin Reads

Seeking the Common Good Series, Spring 2010

Literature as a Lens on the Common Good

Ann Price Davis '73 is inspired by...

The College Man and the College Woman
by William DeWitt Hyde

"The Offer of the College" is the promotional material for my life. I drop the last line -- I prefer a "life long" learning curve. My favorite line is "to lose yourself in generous enthusiasms," with an emphasis on "generous." “To be at home in all lands and all ages; to count Nature a familiar acquaintance,and Art an intimate friend; to gain a standard for the appreciation of others’ work and the criticism of your own; to carry the keys of the world’s library in your pocket, and feel its resources behind you in whatever task you undertake; to make hosts of friends...who are to be leaders in all walks of life; to lose yourself in generous enthusiasms and cooperate with others for common ends—this is the offer of the college.”

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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