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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

An Inquiry into Friendship

It is difficult to imagine a time in human history when friendship would not have played an important role. It is a part of our lives that we all have in common, and it is universally valued, yet little if any instruction is ever given in how to participate in it or even what it is. Are all friendships equally important and equally valued? Why do some friendships fail in spite of ongoing association, while others are as strong after years of absence as on the day of parting? The topic, though not often spoken to directly, was written of by great thinkers like Aristotle and is depicted in literature by the likes of Steinbeck, Golding, and Harper Lee. An overview of the writings by these great authors, and original fiction by the presenter, seeks to appreciate this most important of human relationships.

Presenter: Jonathan Kerner (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)