Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Course That Changed My Life

I asked colleagues, teachers, and professors to tell us about the course that changed their lives.

Here's our first submission from Kayleigh George--our library marketing coordinator.

A college course that changed my life was Introduction to Philosophy. I was a freshman at Binghamton University, and was looking for something interesting—a real challenge.

Luckily enough, my professor was Martin Dillon. One of the most popular professors at the university, Professor Dillon was largely responsible for inspiring undergraduates to major in philosophy. If anyone was truly meant to teach, it was him. His intellect matched his ability to convey ideas, which is a rare find in a professor. He was magnetic—a truly charismatic teacher, and a pleasure to listen to.

His course books sit on my bookcase to this day, including works by Friedrich Nietzsche, Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jeremy Bentham, and Lao Tzu. Shortly before his death in 2005, I was fortunate to take another course with Professor Dillon—Existentialism and Modern Thought. I will always credit him with opening my mind, and inspiring me to think independently.

Let us know
which course changed your life.

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