Bowdoin Reads

Seeking the Common Good Series, Spring 2010

Literature as a Lens on the Common Good

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Arts of the possible : essays and conversations
by Adrienne Rich

“For a poem to coalesce…there has to be an imaginative transformation of reality that is in no way passive. And a certain freedom of the mind is needed – freedom…to enter the currents of your thought like a glider pilot, knowing that …the buoyancy of your attention will not be suddenly snatched away. Moreover, if the imagination is to transcend and transform experience it has to question, to challenge, to conceive of alternatives, perhaps to the very life you are living…. nothing can be too sacred for the imagination to turn into its opposite, or to call experimentally be another name. For writing is re-naming.” Adrienne Rich, from “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision”

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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