The College Labyrinth: A Mindful Admissions Approach explores the potential role of the labyrinth in the college application process, seeking a new implementation for a very old tool, to help today's nomads and educational pilgrims to find their way, to grow comfortable with their individual journeys, and to recognize this time in their lives as an opportunity not for stress and anxiety, but for community and self-discovery. Whether the journey is physical, psychological, overtly spiritual or simply metaphorical, Dr. Avery presents the archetype of the labyrinth as a powerful tool to navigate change and to help all college stakeholders to remain centered and mindful.
Leaders in the Labyrinth sheds light on how presidents conduct the influence and power of their office, especially in the use of their pulpits, how they navigate issues of political correctness, and how they hold the center of the university together, in contentious times and against competing ideological forces. Nelson has formulated a comprehensive image of the tenor, talents, and temperaments essential for todayOs presidency, for those who aspire to assume leadership in the future and for those who select the leaders of our colleges and universities.
The college search and application process amongst American high school students frequently evokes a variety of conflicting emotions. What tools are available to adult stakeholders in this process to support applicants in remaining centered? Could this process at all be construed as a sacred journey or pilgrimage and if so, what value would casting the journey in this light hold for students? This project is structured according to the three movements of the labyrinth: entering in, arriving and receiving counsel at the center, and returning. Other topics include a thorough treatment of the stressors of the college application landscape, an assessment of the revival of popularity of the labyrinth from 1991 to present, a consideration of pilgrimage and its connection to the labyrinth experience, and an exploration of kinesthetic centering. While the path may prompt us to perambulate, the object is always a shedding of the superficial toward a deeper understanding of self. Applying Victor and Edith Turners' research on pilgrimage, in particular the concepts of liminality and communitas, we recognize the fecund opportunity of this college process for American teenagers. We also explore why the act of walking the labyrinth is such a powerful tool for centering and why American youth so urgently need access to such tools amidst the cacophony of their current developmental stage. Incorporating nearly a dozen years of experience working one-on-one with teenagers as an independent educational consultant, I led three separate groups of constituents on labyrinth walks throughout the Eastern seaboard. Narrative outcomes demonstrate concerns about exorbitant financial costs, pressure, stress, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of rejection, and attaching self-worth to prestigious institutional matriculation. The theme of feeling lost emerges as a theological framework wherein the unicursal labyrinth arises as a metaphor for the spiritual journey of life. Students and stakeholders eagerly share insights following the experiential opportunity to walk the labyrinth in silence and reflect on their current topics of concern. The labyrinth emerges as a very powerful tool to access particular adolescent concerns regarding the college search and application process.
“A weekend’s engaging pursuit.” Five Stars—David Lloyd Sutton, San Francisco Book Review Educated and inquisitive, Pandita Ramabai was born in 1858 near Gangamul in the Western Ghat mountains of southern India. The daughter of a Sanskrit scholar, she rose to become a respected scholar herself, in a time when women rarely held such positions. But having lost nearly everyone she loved to famine or cholera, Rama spent most of her life in search of a community she could call home. A widow and single mother, she became a social activist and reformer, relentlessly advocating for the education of women and the care of India’s many poor, widowed child-brides. Rama’s journey takes readers across British India to England and America as this strong, determined woman battles prejudice, tradition and a male-dominated society to find justice for those with no voice or opportunity. The Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission, which she founded during a severe famine, became home to thousands of outcast children, child widows, orphans, and other destitute women. It is still active today. As one of the world’s great, unsung heroines, Pandita Ramabai has been called one of India’s “greatest daughters.”
A lady once casually remarked on British public broadcasting that a third of society is depressed but no one ever speaks about it. Perhaps, in all seriousness, it is to this third of the population that this book is addressed. However you don't have to be depressed to read it. Potentially it is both amusing and instructive, light and deep. Shocked by the approach of his fiftieth year, an English bachelor makes a desperate attempt to become inwardly aware of his given circumstances. The attempt is sustained as a trial over a complete seven-year cycle in his life, leading virtually to the constitution of a new self. Occasionally enlivened by humour, what is particularly valuable in this account of Hero's manoeuvrings in time is its honesty and sustained sense of hope.
Intellectual history has never been more relevant and more important to public life in the United States. In complicated and confounding times, people look for the principles that drive action and the foundations that support national ideals. American Labyrinth demonstrates the power of intellectual history to illuminate our public life and examine our ideological assumptions. This volume of essays brings together 19 influential intellectual historians to contribute original thoughts on topics of widespread interest. Raymond Haberski Jr. and Andrew Hartman asked a group of nimble, sharp scholars to respond to a simple question: How might the resources of intellectual history help shed light on contemporary issues with historical resonance? The answers—all rigorous, original, and challenging—are as eclectic in approach and temperament as the authors are different in their interests and methods. Taken together, the essays of American Labyrinth illustrate how intellectual historians, operating in many different registers at once and ranging from the theoretical to the political, can provide telling insights for understanding a public sphere fraught with conflict. In order to understand why people are ready to fight over cultural symbols and political positions we must have insight into how ideas organize, enliven, and define our lives. Ultimately, as Haberski and Hartman show in this volume, the best route through our contemporary American labyrinth is the path that traces our practical and lived ideas.
A trilogy consisting of 'Hero in the Labyrinth', 'Finding the Centre' and 'Seeing Through Different Eyes'. Like Dante who, in middle age wakes up to find himself in a dark wood and responds with The Divine Comedy, our Hero, in the seventh year of the seventh cycle of seven years in his life, wakes up to find himself in a labyrinth. His response is to spin an Ariadne thread of consciousness through time to orient himself within it and hopefully uncover the mystery of his (i)-dentity. Is this too a comedy? If so, do we laugh at or with our struggling hero?
Learn Tamil in Thirty Days One Hundred and One ways of Getting Married The Book of Indian Cookery Who would submit bills of these titles against a grant meant for big, fat, jargon-filled books on Software Technology? But, then, Vikram Gupta is no run of the mill Software Professional. Fresh out of college, highly qualified, in great shape and intelligent, he is employed by ACS, the biggest name in the Indian Software World. He is the archetypical image of a young man with a glorious future ahead of him. Yet, he has his problems. He loathes his job, abhors everything about Chennai and hates the guts of his reporting boss. And more importantly, he has the questionable gifts of eccentric logic, irreverence for authority and a macabre sense of humour, which more often than not, place him on sticky wicket. As the year 2000 approaches, accompanied by the dreaded Y2K bug, ACS goes about its customary way of getting innumerable projects done dirt cheap by employing fresh graduates whom they can brow beat, bully and exploit. However, in Vikram Gupta, they run against something they have never encountered before. Within the spic and span corridors of the multinational firm, Vikram discovers conspiracies that threaten to spell doom for the hordes of young people recruited by the company. And he pits his eccentric wits against the cold-blooded deviousness of entrepreneur-par-excellence S. Digambaram, the EVP of ACS Chennai. Somehow along the line, he also manages to fall in love. But, can a sole youth, even aided by cupid, succeed against a giant corporate? What results is an uproarious rollercoaster ride encompassing the deepest secrets of the software world just before the turn of the century. The technological landscape of the software world is etched with numerous colourful characters from all walks of life "A most refreshing sense of humour." -Shyamala Narayan
An up-and-coming reporter, Johnny Follyn lands the job of a lifetime when he accepts an assignment to Libya to write a story on the Standard Oil Company.Intent on showing just how beneficial the oil company is to the people of Libya, Johnny isnt prepared for what he discovers.As Johnny tracks the operations of Standard Oil, he also becomes more involved with Libyas history.When Johnny stumbles upon the secrets of an ancient riddle, he sets out to find the answers.With the help of a professor and his friend Ismail, Johnny delves deeper into the past, never thinking of the consequences.But someone doesnt want Johnny to succeed, and they will do anything in their power to stop him.Set against a thrilling backdrop of oil fields, cultural clashes, and lost civilizations, Labyrinth is a fascinating odyssey through history and the minds of peoplepast and present.
The McMahon-Husayn correspondence has been at the heart of Anglo-Arab relations since World War I. It aroused great controversy, particularly over Palestine. Here, it is examined in historical context to determine why it was so obscure and what lay in the minds of those who drafted it.
What exactly does it mean to be North American? Europeans have been engaged in a long-running debate about the meaning and nature of Europe. The Labyrinth of North American Identities generates a similar discussion in the context of North America: what do we learn about North America as a unit and its individual countries when we explore the idea of a shared North American identity? Combining cultural, anthropological, historical, political, economic, and religious considerations, Philip Resnick acknowledges the relative differences in power and influence of the United States and its North American neighbours but digs deeper to uncover shared characteristics that constitute a labyrinth of North American identities unrestricted by national boundaries. To date, discussions of North America have largely revolved around the often technical implications of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or US homeland security. What has been lacking, by contrast, is a culturally-driven set of reflections. This book examines the legacy of indigenous cultures; the role of organized religion; pathways to independence; the role of imperial languages; manifest destiny; market capitalism and its limitations; democratic practices and failures; diverging uses of the state; new world utopias and dystopias; regional identities; and civilizational perspectives. What results is a vision of North America that defies any top-down attempt to impose a homogeneous "North Americanness."