Our colleges and universities aspire to help students to find what John Dewey called "the large and human significance" in their lives and work. This requires not just teaching to the test and not just parroting critiques. It requires learning to think with contexts and concepts, deploying cooperation and creativity.
Elizabeth Lesser presented one of her resonant themes - the "Phoenix" metaphor and the concept of letting go of past issues that deter us from rising and regenerating. Introducing herself to the jam-packed room with the remark, "I'm a mystical, introverted kind of girl," she launched into the renewal philosophy.