Thursday, September 27th is the date of this year’s Freshman Convocation lecture. On that date, we are very lucky in that we will be visited by Emily St. John Mandel, the author of Station Eleven. If you are reading this post, you are probably a student in my fall Critical Thinking course, and as such you have spent a lot of time picking apart Mandel’s novel in recent classes (not to mention writing a handful of journal entries in response to the book). In terms of this book, my hope and expectation during Unit One has been that students will read the novel, and then attend this lecture. With that in mind, for your first Blogpost of the semester I would like you to respond to Mandel’s talk. Specifically, I would like two paragraphs of discussion about what you saw and experienced during the Freshman Convocation. You might consider such things as: In the wake of this event, what stood out for you? What did you find enjoyable (or not), and why? What did the writer say that really touched a nerve with you? What did you find interesting about her talk, and how/why does it connect up with the themes and topics of our class? How did this discussion enhance your understanding of Station Eleven in terms of its themes, characters, or style? Also, looking at Mandel’s lecture critically, why do you think this kind of event is useful and important for all of you as First Year students at Stockton? Having spent so much time together reading and examining this excellent novel, I’ll be very curious to hear your thoughts about Mandel’s visit to Stockton!