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Seeking the Common Good Series, Spring 2010

Literature as a Lens on the Common Good

Rachel Turkel '11 is inspired by...

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
by William Kamkwamba

"No more skipping breakfast; no more dropping out of school. With a windmill, we'd finally release ourselves from the troubles of darkness and hunger. In Malawi, the wind was one of the few consistent things given to us by God, blowing in the treetops day and night. A windmill meant more than just power, it was freedom. Standing there looking at this book, I decided I would build my own windmill. I'd never built anything like it before, but I knew if windmills existed on the cover of that book, it meant another person had built them. After looking at it that way, I felt confident I could build one, too." p. 159

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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