Posted by Paul Baker on February 14, 2017
AU to host public discussion on vocation and higher education Feb. 16
Aurora University will host a public discussion Thursday evening about the role vocation plays in higher education today and the responsibility educators have in helping students find meaning and purpose for their lives after graduation.
“Discover What Matters: Exploring Meaning, Purpose and Undergraduate Education” will feature David Cunningham, professor of religion at Hope College and head of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), and David Fuentes, professor of music at Calvin College and author of “To Whom do I Sing, and Why: Vocation as an Alternative to Self-Expression.”
The idea that universities should provide undergraduates students with the time and space to explore their calling in life is not new, but there’s always room for improvement, according to Jessica Thurlow, dean of general education at Aurora University.
“Faculty and staff work with students at a critical time in their lives, a time when they are searching — and often struggling — to form a clear understanding of who they are and what they might do with their lives,” she says.
“While students want to learn about how to write a resume or apply for a job, they also want to explore their talents and have deeper conversations about what to do with their lives,” she continues. “We will be discussing how faculty and staff can help students discover what could constitute a truly flourishing life.
“Vocational discernment is a lifelong process, so I think the conversation will be intriguing not only to students and educators, but also to parents and others in the community who know or work with young people. I think we all need to be involved in helping students and young adults to find meaning and purpose and to determine what might constitute a truly flourishing life.”
What: “Discover What Matters: Exploring Meaning, Purpose and Undergraduate Education”
When: Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Crimi Auditorium, located on campus in the Institute for Collaboration building, 1347 Prairie St., Aurora
The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Joyce Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 844-4917.