Because last night’s lecture was our class this week, I hoped for some posts on the lecture while it’s still fresh.
I included the lecture on our syllabus to focus a spotlight on the importance of helping our students know, name, nurture and work their intellectual projects, their “turtles.”
Bill McKibben’s palpable passion for his own intellectual work was for me last night a model for living an engaged life.
As a long-time high school teacher, I wanted to ask him about the origins of the project in adolescence and the influences that were especially important to him as a young man. I wanted to know if there were teachers, a teacher, who had “known” him and had affirmed his interests. Maybe even suggested books for him to read.
I wanted to know how Bill McKibben came to embrace his turtle. This has been my own project — over decades–to help my students recognize and or find their turtles.
I wonder what you’re thinking. Do quote Carroll and/or McKibben in your comment or post. KES