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*Wendell Berry: Stories and Essays

This course will celebrate a selection of stories and essays by writer-thinker-farmer Wendell Berry.

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About this class

In an ongoing career that has spanned over 60 years, Berry has told stories and penned essays that express his agrarian philosophy of community and the human scale of work. With discussions and readings, students will explore the alignment of Berry’s fiction and philosophy and his belief in humanity’s responsibility to care for each other and for our world.

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 - 3-5 pm CST

Jane M. Schreck is professor emerita of English at Bismarck State College, having retired this past spring after 21 and a half years. While teaching at BSC, Jane completed a PhD in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education through the University of North Dakota. The focus of her dissertation research was writer Wendell Berry and an analysis of his work around the themes and issues of education. Since completing her doctorate, Jane has published four scholarly articles on Berry and his work, and her essay “Finding My Place by Finding Wendell Berry” was featured in the 2020 Sense of Place issue of On Second Thought, a publication of Humanities North Dakota.

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However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally.

Therefore, our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University.

To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

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