Philosopher's Cafe in the Fireside Gallery
Students are always wondering what they need to be successful and if they could be doing more to prepare themselves for the rapidly changing world. A discussion was held on Monday to help students explore how to best prepare themselves for the future. The discussion was part of the Institute for Global Citizenship's philosopher's cafe held in the Fireside Gallery at the Progress Library.
The philosopher's cafe is held once a month to facilitate discussion on a variety of topics and to bring students attention to resources available to them in the library. The questions posed by Dr. Eva Aboagye this time was "what character traits are important for success in this millennium?" Aboagye describes character traits as moral and mental qualities that distinguish us as individuals and while some are a part of our nature, others can be learned. While only a few students came out, the discussion was lively and engaging. Some of the traits highlighted in the discussion were a desire for social activism, self-reflection, versatility, flexibility and life-long learning.
The discussion also focused on the issues of privacy and ethics in a world that is quickly changing and redefining boundaries and privacy. The general sentiment was that the world is quickly changing forcing students to develop new expectations and responsibilities. The new technology is also creating new opportunities that can make communication easier and create new opportunities. The philosopher's cafe will resume in September and is open to all students.