“Traveling forces you to live in the present. If you travel in an open way, it means you are listening and not just talking … Those with power need to listen as much as they talk so that those with less power are able to talk as much as they listen.”
Gloria Steinem, author and feminist icon, visited Meredith College as part of her tour in support of her latest book, My Life on the Road. She spoke to a full house in Jones Auditorium for an event co-sponsored by Quail Ridge Books and Meredith’s Friends of the Library.
Whitney Way Thore
“Think of your body as an instrument, not an ornament – it’s not here to be aesthetically pleasing for anyone. When you value yourself, other people will have an easier time valuing you.”
Whitney Way Thore is a dancer and a reality TV star from Greensboro, N.C., who has become an advocate against fat shaming and body shaming. Thore, who has a reality TV show called My Big Fat Fabulous Life and recently released her first book, visited Meredith on September 13, 2016, teaching an afternoon dance class and giving a lecture in the evening.
“‘What do I want to do with the rest of my life?’ is too big a question. Instead, ask, ‘what is a good investment of my time?’ Identity capital is an investment of your time that gives back to you, like an internship or study abroad.”
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay, author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now, presented the 2016 Presidential Lecture on August 29. This event was sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.