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The idea of reliving youth is a common fantasy, but who among us is actually courageous enough to try it? After surviving a deadly cancer against tremendous odds, college president Roger H. Martin did just that — he enrolled at St. John's College, the Great Books school in Annapolis, Maryland, as a sixty-one-year-old freshman.

This engaging, often humorous memoir of his semester at St. John's tells of his journey of discovery as he falls in love again with Plato, Socrates, and Homer, improbably joins the college crew team, and negotiates friendships across generational divides. Along the way, Martin ponders one of the most pressing questions facing education today: do the liberal arts still have a role to play in a society that seems to value professional, vocational, and career training above all else?

Elegantly weaving together the themes of the great works he reads with events that transpire on the water, in the coffee shop, and in the classroom, Martin finds that a liberal arts education may be more vital today than ever before. This is the moving story of a man who faces his fears, fully embraces his second chance, and in turn rediscovers the gifts of life and learning.

Review:

"[E]ngaging....In leaving his comfortable life as a successful college president, [Martin] shows that it is possible even in one's sixties to learn something new and to envision the future. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Alternately amusing and poignant, Martin's personal epic offers a much-needed perspective on cultural dilemmas both ancient and modern." Booklist

Synopsis:

“I think this is a very good book indeed: extremely readable with a very human story to tell (about the author's journey to rediscover himself and education after facing imminent death) and a message to send (about the role of the liberal arts in our lives as well as our education). Martin employs compelling references to and quotations from the classical texts he read in the St. John's freshman seminar: this is not heavy-handed 'you should read Aeschylus if you want to call yourself educated' stuff, but rather the humble confession of a humanist who knows one is never too old, educated, or experienced to learn something new or again. And that is a message that will always be valuable.”—Loren J. Samons II, author of What's Wrong with Democracy: From Athenian Practice to American Worship

"Roger Martin has created a riveting narrative of his confrontation with mortality, and, in that encounter, a testimonial to the enduring value of liberal education."—Douglas W. Foard, Executive Secretary (ret.) of Phi Beta Kappa

About the Author

Roger Martin's experiences at St. John's are captured in Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again. Roger is President and Professor of History Emeritus of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. More information is available at http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/11091.php and at http://rogermartin.blogspot.com/.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue

1. Orientation (Four Years Later)

2. Hubris

3. Homesickness

4. Dysfunctional Families

5. Navy

6. Old Farts

7. Community

8. Victory

Epilogue

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520255418
Author:
Martin, Roger H.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Martin, Roger
Subject:
College presidents.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Educators
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Cancer -- Patients -- United States.
Subject:
College presidents -- United States.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
General education.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.27x5.93x.88 in. .93 lbs.

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"Review" by , "[E]ngaging....In leaving his comfortable life as a successful college president, [Martin] shows that it is possible even in one's sixties to learn something new and to envision the future. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Alternately amusing and poignant, Martin's personal epic offers a much-needed perspective on cultural dilemmas both ancient and modern."
"Synopsis" by ,
“I think this is a very good book indeed: extremely readable with a very human story to tell (about the author's journey to rediscover himself and education after facing imminent death) and a message to send (about the role of the liberal arts in our lives as well as our education). Martin employs compelling references to and quotations from the classical texts he read in the St. John's freshman seminar: this is not heavy-handed 'you should read Aeschylus if you want to call yourself educated' stuff, but rather the humble confession of a humanist who knows one is never too old, educated, or experienced to learn something new or again. And that is a message that will always be valuable.”—Loren J. Samons II, author of What's Wrong with Democracy: From Athenian Practice to American Worship

"Roger Martin has created a riveting narrative of his confrontation with mortality, and, in that encounter, a testimonial to the enduring value of liberal education."—Douglas W. Foard, Executive Secretary (ret.) of Phi Beta Kappa

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