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Noted Author to Speak at Catawba College March 15

February 28, 2005

Category: Events, Students


Catawba College’s Lilly Center for Vocation and Values will sponsor two presentations during March by noted author Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks that are free and open to the public.

Currently an associate director and member of the faculty at the Whidbey Institute in Clinton, Washington, Dr. Parks served for over 16 years in faculty and research positions in leadership and ethics at Harvard University in the Schools of Divinity, Business and the Kennedy School of Government.   She is the director of a new initiative, Leadership for the New Commons and teaches in the Executive Leadership Program at Seattle University.

Her most recent book, “Can Leadership Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World,” will be released this fall.   She also is the author of “Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose and Faith,” and “Can Ethics Be Taught?”

She will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ketner Hall on campus and that presentation is entitled, “What Do You Plan to Do with Your One Wild and Precious Life?”   While geared to a student audience, this presentation will be relevant to anyone who works with youth and young adults, and will be relevant to persons of all ages, as it encourages people to look at living meaningful lives that include service to others.

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, also in Tom Smith Auditorium, Dr. Parks will speak on the topic, “Citizens or Consumers: the Reimagination of Adulthood for a Changing World.”   This presentation, which will be part of the College’s Corriher Community Forum series, will have relevance for all audiences.   It should encourage thought about leadership styles for the future and way that people can live their lives to promote good citizenship and the common good as opposed to being servants to a commercialized approach to life.

For more details, contact the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values at Catawba College at 704-637-4446.