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Life of the MindWith a large first-year class expected this fall, the Life of the Mind Program needs additional faculty and staff members to serve as discussion group leaders.

Life of the Mind is UT’s common reading experience for all first-year students. The program is part of First-Year Studies 100, a required online course designed to help freshman make a successful transition to college.

This year’s Life of the Mind book selection is Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by noted environmentalist Bill McKibben.

In addition to reading the book and submitting a creative response, students are required to participate in a small-group discussion session and attend a lecture by the author.

This year, Life of the Mind organizers are planning for 180 discussion groups. About thirty more faculty and staff members are needed to serve as leaders.

Discussion Leader training will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on August 13 and 14. Participants can attend one of the sessions.

The discussion groups will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 19, prior to McKibben’s presentation at 5:30 p.m.

To sign up to be a discussion leader and learn more about the book, visit the Life of the Mind website.  Once you sign up, you will be sent a copy of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.