It’s a difficult choice but one of these events is sure to entice …
Explore local history on a bus 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Back by popular demand, two Stetson History Department faculty, Drs. Andy Eisen and Emily Mieras, will lead a two-hour bus tour to explore the many untold and hidden histories of DeLand. Space is limited so register now to save your spot!
Dialogue about equity and inclusion at Stetson 9 to 10:15 a.m. | Carlton Union Building, Stetson Room
Fresh off the presses! The Inclusive Implementation Strategy Group (IISG) will unveil a draft of the Stetson University Equity and Inclusion Statement. Don’t miss this opportunity to add your voice to this World Cafe style dialogue about equity and inclusion. RSVP Requested
Attend a keynote lecture by Eric Weiner 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Elizabeth Hall, Lee Chapel “Whatever your angle, you’ll leave Eric’s talks smiling — and a little wiser, too.” Eric will discuss themes from his book The Geography of Bliss.
Explore human connection and bliss 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. | Welcome Center, Lynn Presentation Room
Sponsored by the DuPont Ball Library, the Stetson R.E.A.D. (Reflect, Engage & Affirm Diversity; Read Eat And Discuss) combines lunch and reflective conversation with Eric Weiner about his book, The Geography of Bliss. RSVP Required
~facilitated by Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown and Lindsey Carelli
Eric Weiner traveled to Iceland – one of the happiest places on Earth – for his best-selling book, “The Geography of Bliss,” and learned something he likes to share with college students.
Weiner talks to students around the country and is “always amazed” at how worried they are about their job prospects and what they’ll do with their lives, even in their first year of college.
“I would really hope that more students are able to remain noncommittal in a way to what their future is,” said Weiner, the keynote speaker for Values Day on Sept. 25. “You need to have a phase of your life where you’re exploring, and where you’re not pegged down to one channel, one slot in life.
“As you’ll discover when you get to the Iceland chapter in my book, there are places in the world where you don’t need to be pegged down to one career. You can have five different careers in your lifetime and nobody will find that odd. And I think that’s very liberating,” he said by phone from his home in the Washington, D.C., area.
“The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World” was selected for this year’s Stetson R.E.A.D. on Values Day. Hundreds of copies of the book already have been distributed to students, faculty and staff on campus.
Weiner, a former reporter for The New York Times and foreign correspondent for NPR, will speak in Lee Chapel inside Elizabeth Hall at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25. The university cancels classes and closes offices for Values Day, allowing the Stetson community to reflect and take action on its core values of personal growth, intellectual development and global citizenship.
After the talk, participants can discuss the book and ask Weiner questions at 12:30 p.m. during the Stetson R.E.A.D., a program founded and developed by Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D., associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of Social Justice Education. Space is limited, so please RSVP. Weiner also will be available at a Book Signing from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lynn Presentation Room of the Rinker Welcome Center.
From noon to 2 p.m., in front of the Carlton Union Building, a Global Citizenship Fair will take place while, inside the Commons, Stetson Dining will provide a complimentary Community Lunch.
Then, beginning at 2 p.m., 26 workshops are scheduled across campus, exploring themes of Building Community, Tools and Techniques for Dialogue, Contemplative Practices and Storytelling.
Later that night, Values Day will conclude with a showing of the Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” movie at 8:30 p.m. in the Stetson Room in the CUB.
Cultural Credit is available for students who attend many of these events. Check the schedule of events for details.
This year’s event focuses on a theme of “Building Community; Reflecting on our Values,” which grew out of a campus survey, a workshop and other meetings with students, faculty and staff last spring, said Values Day Coordinator Savannah-Jane Griffin ’07.
“The overwhelming response was: What can we do that unifies our campus?” said Griffin, executive director of Community Engagement and Inclusive Excellence. “Unity was a word that was used a lot, so ‘Building Community; Reflecting on our Values’ is what came out of that.”
Organizers sought recommendations for a featured book and selected “The Geography of Bliss” because it embodies global citizenship, said Lindsey Carelli, chair of the Values Day Speaker and Stetson R.E.A.D. Committee.
“This is a person who is traveling the world — he has a specific purpose to explore the concept of happiness and find some of the happiest places in the world and what they entail. But it’s really about drawing knowledge and drawing on the experiences of people all around the world,” said Carelli, assistant director of Interfaith Initiatives. “We think that aligns with our value of global citizenship.”
In the end, after traveling from the Netherlands to India and back home to America, Weiner realizes he may have been searching for the wrong thing.
“A Spoiler Alert,” he warned on the phone, “is that I conclude my search for happiness with a suggestion that perhaps I was looking for not exactly the right thing, not happiness, per se, not a happy life, per se, but a meaningful life. There’s a lot of overlap between a happy life and a meaningful one.”
Weiner said he plans to delve more into that topic during his speech and noted that he has visited Stetson once or twice through the years.
His father, Dr. Sy Weiner, lives in DeLand and established the Bernard Weiner Holocaust Memorial Lecture Series at Stetson. The series honored the life and work of Sy Weiner’s late brother, Bernard Weiner, who was a leader in the development of Holocaust curricula for New York state schools and a founder of the Rockland Center for Holocaust Studies, now the Holocaust Museum and Study Center, in Spring Valley, N.Y.
“When I saw the invitation to speak, I was like, wow, Stetson, DeLand. I know that place,” Eric Weiner said. “This is a happy coincidence, or maybe it’s not a coincidence, maybe it’s fate bringing us together.”
On Friday, February 23rd, the ValuesDay Planning Committee held an open forum to gather input from the Stetson community for ValuesDay 2018. Students, staff, administrators, alumni and community members came together to provide their ideas. The forum was highly interactive and adopted strategies from design thinking to engage those in attendance in generating ideas for themes, workshops and other activities on the day.
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Stetson University will celebrate its annual tradition of taking a day from classes to explore the core values of personal growth, intellectual development and global citizenship.
The 2017 Values Day speaker is Irshad Manji. She is the Founder and Director of the Moral Courage Project, which equips students to make values-based decisions. She has turned her journey as a Muslim feminist reformer and lesbian activist into teachings about professional leadership, informed by cutting-edge research that connects across the disciplines. To learn more about Manji and her work, please visit her personal website and her project at NYU. The keynote will take place in Lee Chapel from 10:30 to noon.
R.E.A.D. (Reflect Engage & Affirm Diversity)
Irshad Manji’s book, Allah, Liberty, and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom, for the Values Day R.E.A.D). Manji describes the book as an effort to “reconcile faith and freedom in a world seething with repressive dogmas.” One of the key teachings of Manji’s work and a universal theme in her book is “moral courage” or the willingness to question, speak up, and be a courageous global citizen in a world filled with inequities. The R.E.A.D. will take place from 12:30pm-1:45pm.
Workshops can address a variety of topics and should be connected to one of Stetson’s core values: Intellectual Development, Global Citizenship, and Personal Growth. Collaborative workshops are especially encouraged.
The 2017 Values Day speaker is Irshad Manji. She is the Founder and Director of the Moral Courage Project, which equips students to make values-based decisions. She has turned her journey as a Muslim feminist reformer and lesbian activist into teachings about professional leadership, informed by cutting-edge research that connects across the disciplines. To learn more about Manji and her work, please visit her personal website and her project at NYU.
This year’s R.E.A.D. (Reflect Engage & Affirm Diversity) book, Allah, Liberty and Love (2011), is written by Irshad Manji. Manji describes the book as an effort to “reconcile faith and freedom in a world seething with repressive dogmas.” One of the key teachings of Manji’s work and a universal theme in her book is “moral courage” or the willingness to question, speak up, and be a courageous global citizen in a world filled with inequities. The R.E.A.D. will take place on Values Day from 12:30pm-1:45pm.
If you would like to receive a personal copy or copies of the book for a course you will be teaching in the Fall please complete this Form, so we can set aside the correct number of books.
Values Day, celebrated in September, is an annual tradition established by Stetson University’s eighth president, H. Douglas Lee. It is a day dedicated to Stetson University’s core values of personal growth, intellectual development and global citizenship.
This year, the Values Day Planning Committee has selected Chimanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful and award-winning book Americanah (2013) for a common R.E.A.D (Read Engage and Discuss; Reflect, Engage & Affirm Diversity) on September 20th, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM. For more information, including how to get your copy of the book read the announcement at Stetson Announce!.