The 2017 Freshman Convocation lecture will be given by Ryan Holiday, the author of ‘Trust Me, I’m Lying.’ If you are in my Critical Thinking course, you will have spent some class time exploring some of the key ideas in the book. If you are in my ‘Myth’ course, you will not have studied it directly, but the hope and expectation is that you have read it, since this was asked of all incoming freshmen. In fact, Holiday’s book might actually speak in interesting ways to myths and myth-making (when seen from a twenty-first century perspective). Whichever class you are taking, in this Blog post I want you to carefully respond to the common reading for Stockton freshmen. Your response may do one of two things (or both!), and should be at least two paragraphs long: 1) Offer some commentary in the wake of Holiday’s lecture at the Freshman Convocation (on Thursday the 28th ). Tell us, what did the writer say that really touched a nerve with you? What did you find interesting about his lecture, and how/why does it connect up with the themes and topics of your class? Also, what was invigorating about the entire Freshman Convocation event? Why? I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts about this talk! 2) If you aren’t able to attend the lecture or would simply rather discuss the book itself, then I’d like you to do just that. So, choose a particular moment in (or idea from) ‘Trust Me, I’m Lying’ and make some insightful connections between this text and our course themes, or assigned readings. To make these connections, you might quote from the book itself, and then discuss what Holiday seems to be saying and doing in your selected moment (relative to truth, lies, and journalism) – and why? Also, what thoughts do YOU have about the subject – how do YOU respond to the issue(s) raised in the book based on your own knowledge or experience?