A symposium on the theme of “Imaginative Education: Learning to Know a Place, Care for a Place” will be an integral part of this year’s freshman course, “Discovering a Sense of Place.” Inspired by the example of distinguished author, farmer, and cultural critic Wendell Berry, it will encourage students to reflect on the deeper dimensions of knowing, caring for, and becoming present to place that Berry represents in his work. Wendell Berry’s award-winning publications include more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and essays.

Key features of the August 20-21 symposium include the participation of Mary Berry, executive director of the Berry Center in New Castle, Kentucky, Leah Bayens, director of the Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine College, and Norman Wirzba,professor of theology, ecology, and rural life at Duke University, as well as a public reading by Wendell Berry.

Campus sponsors of this event, presented in cooperation with the Berry Center, include the the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies; the Center for Religion and Environment; the University Lectures Committee; Rivendell Writers Colony; and Vice-Chancellor McCardell with Bonnie McCardell.