September University: Summoning Passion for an Unfinished Life

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9780962197970: September University: Summoning Passion for an Unfinished Life

In 2029, the last of the baby-boom generation will turn 65. Numbering in the tens of millions, this age group clearly has the demographic muscle to renovate society. The movement is barely underway, but the dynamics of aging suggest profound social changes ahead: the search for meaning will intensify, the psychological effects of death and dying will be reexamined, the concept of legacy will be transformed, and the subject of economic justice will be reexamined.

September University as an idea is a metaphor for intellectual maturity. It represents an ambitious quest on behalf of posterity. September University, the book, is a call to action, a social forecast, and above all a passionate pronouncement that a bright future depends upon the experiential wisdom of aging citizens. The exploration within its pages has the potential to alter worldviews, heighten aspirations, and elicit reflections about each person s legacy. Readers have the opportunity to discover new ways to find meaning in the last few chapters of their lives.

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Charles D. Hayes is a self-taught philosopher and one of America s strongest advocates for lifelong learning. He spent his youth in Texas and served as a U.S. Marine and as a police officer before embarking on a career in the oil industry. Alaska has been his home for more than 30 years.

Hayes book Beyond the American Dream: Lifelong Learning and the Search for Meaning in a Postmodern World received recognition by the American Library Association's CHOICE Magazine as one of the most outstanding academic books of the year. His other titles include Existential Aspirations: Reflections of a Self-Taught Philosopher, The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning, Training Yourself: The 21st Century Credential; Proving You re Qualified: Strategies for Competent People without College Degrees; and Self-University: The Price of Tuition is Desire. Your Degree is a Better Life . His first fiction work is Portals in a Northern Sky.

Promoting the idea that education should be thought of not as something you get but as something you take, Hayes work has been featured in USA Today, in the UTNE Reader, and on National Public Radio s Talk of the Nation and Alaska Public Radio s Talk of Alaska. His web site, provides resources for self-directed learners from advice about credentials to philosophy about the value that lifelong learning brings to everyday living.

A new web site, is devoted to getting a September University movement underway all across America. Visitors are urged to spread the word and encourage others to start their own Sept-U discussion groups. All participants are invited to explore ways to positively approach the cultural obstacles we face through a continual dialog and a tireless quest for the better argument.

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September University is a nourishing feast of a book, replete with reasons to discover new meaning and purpose in the last chapters of your life, to welcome those years as life's most precious gift -- an opportunity to cultivate wisdom and then put it to use in the world.
---- WALTER TRUETT ANDERSON , President Emeritus, World Academy of Art and Science

September University, by leading scholar and visionary Charles Hayes, is a superb intellectual achievement by any standards. With sweeping scope and remarkable depth of knowledge across numerous disciplines, Hayes addresses the totality of the human experience along with neglected questions surrounding life, death, freedom, authenticity, and truth as he paves the way for a genuinely mature future in which citizens discover new degrees of potency and thoughtfulness. Rather than shying away from idealism, September University sets out a bold and timely blueprint for a post-consumer consciousness that is more culturally aware, media literate, and politically astute. Hayes delves with electrifying intelligence into the nature of meaning, identity, and community as he weaves together a comprehensive philosophy that enables people to transcend evolutionary baggage, social indoctrination, and illusions of limitation. September University is one of the finest books in print when it comes to the wisdom and existential bearings required to survive the current age of insanity.
---- JOHN F. SCHUMAKER, author of Happiness: Understanding an Endangered State of Mind, Wings of Illusion and The Age of Insanity

Engaging, convincing, and provocative. Given the collapse of the future most adults thought they had, and the involuntary mandate to shape a new one, September University calls those in the second half of life to step away from superficial things and commit to becoming wise guides for the generations that come after them.
---- DAVID L. SOLIE, MS, PA, Author, How to Say It to Seniors

This is an important work. Wisdom evolves from real life experience and Charles Hayes has both. For those who aspire to a better world, this is a must read.
---- PETER C. WHYBROW, Director of the Semel Institute for Human Behavior at UCLA and author, American Mania: When More is Not Enough

It's not too late to make your mark on the world and enjoy a new level of fulfillment in your life. Charles Hayes will inspire you to muster the courage to do it.
---- JEFF SCHMIDT, author of Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives

September University is the first philosophy integrating the university-without-walls and transformative learning - essential reading for learning in the 21st century.
------ DANIEL S. JANIK, MD PhD, author of Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching, and Transformative Learning

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