Meredith College will hold a panel discussion inspired by the College’s 2018 Summer Reading Program selection, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work by Dave Isay. The event, “Meredith Callings: A Panel of Powerful Women,” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.
Meredith alumnae, students, and faculty will participate. Panelists are Adrienne Hiner Cole, ’93, Samantha Cibelli, ’10, Sarah Bean, Assistant Professor of Dance, Sheila Thomas, ’19, and Sana Haseeb, ’19.
Part of the StoryCorps project, Callings shares stories of individuals pursuing a “calling” in life. This calling may be a particular career, a hobby, or an inspired approach to one’s vocation. Examples range from the conventional (teacher, public defender) to the quirky (bridge tender, casual astronomer), and a number of the contributors have overcome great challenges to reach their goals. These storytellers all convey a sincerity and openness to possibility that can encourage our students to contemplate a productive and fulfilling future that reaches beyond the paycheck.
“We hope Callings will prompt students and community members to think about and record the stories of their own lives and those of people close to them, where they’ve been, where they’re going, and the paths that have led them there,” said Chrissie Bumgardner, co-director of First Year Experience, who co-chairs the Summer Reading Program committee with Professor of English Rebecca Duncan.
The event is free and open to the public. For Meredith students, this lecture qualifies as an academic/cultural event in General Education.