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WHAT SHOULD WE DO?. I can only answer the question “What am I to do ?” if I can answer the prior question “Of what story or stories do I find myself a part ?” Alasdair MacIntyre , After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981/1984) , p. 216.

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I can only answer the question “What am I to do?” if I can answer the prior question “Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?”

  • Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981/1984), p. 216.
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The People’s Colleges, first published in 1949, records the story of Cornell University’s success in the field of extramural education. From four state colleges of the University . . . professors went out to the people of New York State with the best that the university had to offer.

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Ruby Green Smith

There is vigorous reciprocity in the Extension Service because it is with the people, as well as “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

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Ruby Green Smith

“. . . the satisfactions that belong to democratic living.”

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Three Stories:

  • Heroic
  • Tragic
  • Prophetic
what happens to us when we are deprived of stories
What happens to us when we are deprived of stories?
  • “Our ethnic particularity becomes mere nostalgia and sentimentality.”
  • “We become people with no depth, no depth of understanding, masters of technique and technology, but not of ourselves.”
  • “We become superficial people, people with surfaces, public relations people.”
  • “We begin to think of ourselves and each other in partial and inadequate and abstract ways.”
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Public Narrative

  • Story of Self
  • Story of Us
  • Story of Now
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Ella Baker

Find someone who is already working and try to support that person.

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Langston Hughes

America is a dream.

The poet says it was promises.

The people say it is promises—that will come true.

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