September 08, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Harvard University scholar and author Howard Gardner will speak to the Class of 2014 at Bucknell University on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The talk, "Five Minds for the Future," is free and open to the public.

Gardner will speak about the five mental capacities he outlines in his book, Five Minds for the Future, that he believes are critical for personal and professional success in the 21st century: discipline, synthesis, creativity, respect and ethics.

Common reading project
Members of the class were sent a copy of Five Minds for the Future soon after their acceptance to Bucknell, and were asked to read the book as part of the first-year common reading project.

Provost Mick Smyer invited them to "read with one specific future in mind: yours. We ask that you consider how you will get the most out of your time at Bucknell. How will you cultivate your own five minds?"

Of the reading project, Smyer said, "We are returning to an earlier process of having a common reading for first-year students in order to enhance the academic mission's prominence prior to and during orientation."

Five Minds for the Future also will be used for discussion in a number of seminars during the fall semester, including a "Transition to College" course.

Renowned scholar
The author of more than 25 books, Gardner spoke to the Bucknell community last fall as part of the Bucknell Forum series, "Global Leadership: Questions for the 21st Century."

Gardner pioneered the multiple intelligences theory and has published a series of books on individual and institutional leadership. He is the author or co-author of Leading Minds, Changing Minds, Extraordinary Minds, Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet, Making Good: How Young People Cope with Moral Dilemmas at Work and Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons, among other books.

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