updated 2/19/07

    

"Only connect!  That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect  the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.”

 E. M. Forster, Howards End (1910), ch. 22

"We go for a walk in nature, we see a beautiful sunset — we breathe the order in through our senses, we feel connected. The inside begins to mirror the magnificent outside. In the Vedic tradition that connectedness is called 'yoga.'

Chris Adamason, Vedic Architecture http://www.newlifejournal.com/aprmay04/adamson_0504.shtml

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‘One day when I was twenty-three or twenty-four this sentence seemed to form in my head, without my willing it, much as sentences form when we are half-asleep, ‘Hammer* your thoughts into unity’. For days I could think of nothing else and for years I tested all I did by that sentence [...]”* William Butler Yeats, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (*cited in Frank Tuohy, Yeats, 1976, p.51 )


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The importance of READING these DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY

Even more important in terms of your future success than reading literature carefully is the ability to read directions carefully and follow them fully and faithfully. Employers regard that as a key asset, and of course see weakness in this area as a serious liability. You can not expect an employer to hold your hand throughout an assignment the way you may have expected your parents or elementary school teachers to do so. Now that you are in college you must make the transition clearly stated in the traditional address to Freshmen at Amherst College. On the other hand, if, after reading the directions carefully, you still have questions, you are encouraged to ask questions in class, email the instructor, or come to see him in his office hours.


PROJECT Three

 

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This is a multimedia essay of at least fourteen hundred words (four pages or so) about the hero, role model, exemplar, or leader who best epitomizes your own passion and leadership  vision. In this essay you are to focus especially on the roles of reading and writing in your exemplar's achievements. For example, MLK's achievement was inspired by reading Gandhi and facilitated by writing out revisions of his famous speech. After you write this assignment, you will go on to transform your 2nd Life avatar into this person and do your best to represent him in a conversation in 2nd Life.

This assignment is inspired specifically by the official "Core Purpose of the University" -- To transform lives for the benefit of society" -- and by its core value, "Leadership."

To understand the purposes and goals of projects two, three, and four in this course, re-read Leadership carefully.* To get a possible sense of direction for project three, re-read your own project two and consider various people who embody the passion you described in project two. You do not have to choose a person who exemplifies the passion you wrote about in project two, but you would be well advised to consider it. Similarly, you will want to consider a person who epitomizes a leadership vision like the one you will be asked to write for project four.

*Return to the selection from Lee's Discovering the Leader in You in your anthology to make the transition from the personal passion essay to the role models and leadership vision essays. This time pay special attention to questions such as "Who inspires you? How would you become a leader like your hero? Very important for many people is the section on role models and how they have exhibited leadership. An ideal leadership vision in this regard is that which inspired Isamu Taniguchi to "write" his "book" in stone, water, grass, shrubs, and trees in his garden in Zilker park.

Remember, as this example suggests, essays two, three, and four ARE NOT SIMPLY OR EVEN PRIMARILY CAREER EXPLORATION ESSAYS. LET GO FOR NOW  OF YOUR FEARS OF NOT HAVING ALREADY DECIDED ON A MAJOR AND A JOB AND NOT HAVING PLANNED YOUR LIFE FOR THE NEXT SIXTY YEARS. THE LEADERSHIP VISIONS ARE MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN BECOME A PERSON WHO IS A LEADER IN ANY JOB, ANYWHERE, ANY TIME.IN OTHER WORDS, THEY ARE MORE ABOUT THE COMPOSITION OF SELF, THE CONSTRUCTION OF CHARACTER THAT is the traditional focus of a college education, as defined by Newman. (IN THAT REGARD, another KEY TEXT IN YOUR ANTHOLOGY from last semester MAY WELL BE GOLEMAN'S ESSAY ON LEADERSHIP AND EMOTONIAL INTGELLIGENCE.) So, you may well want to choose a role model for essay three that exemplifies the character, the kind of person you want to become.

As always, you can earn points by quotations from our course anthology and other sources. Citations (with page nos.) from actual, physical books from the library will be worth twice as much.

Make sure you have a word count and follow all the other relevant instructions from last semester. Use the U. of Chicago documentation system.

Finally, include in your folder not only P3 and the suggestions to and from others, but also the copies of P1A, P1B, P2A, and P2B with my comments on them.

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