Honors Program to Host Leadership Panel Discussion

Huntington University’s Honors Program will host a panel discussion featuring business leaders from northeast Indiana at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20.

The panel will include Matt Geyman, director of operations at Latham International; Emily Harris, co-owner of Two-EE’s Winery; and John Sampson, president/CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

The discussion will take place in Longaker Recital Hall located in the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

“It’s going to be a great evening, and I hope that everyone will feel welcome to attend,” said Dr. Del Doughty, professor of English. “Whether you are in the honors program or not, or whether you’ve studied the Stoics or not, your time will be well spent. You will learn how to lead people and how to handle the responsibilities of leadership more effectively.”

This semester, HU honors students are studying Stoic philosophers on the subject of leadership. They have read samples of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius and Seneca, and each week they have conducted “experiments in Stoicism” based on their philosophy.

“At first, the experiments involved the realm of our personal lives, but in the second half of the semester, we expanded our insights into a wider, more public roman, and asked ourselves what it meant to lead people according to the principles of Stoicism,” said Dr. Del Doughty, professor of English.

The panel discussion participants have been tracking the Stoics with the class all semester, and at the April 20 event, they will offer their responses to Marcus Aurelius’ meditations as well as answering general questions on leadership principles from the class.

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