Linda Olds, professor of psychology and religion, will present "Teaching as a Path of Individuation: Light and Shadow in Academic Life" on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.
Drawing from the fields of psychology and religious studies as well as a recent book manuscript, Olds will discuss the inner growth of teachers in the contexts and recurrent patterns facing academia today. She said teachers confront a number of challenges, among them transforming educational structures toward a more egalitarian community of learners, and integrating the shadow cast by a predominant emphasis on reason and judgment. Olds said its important to keep the creative edge alive for faculty and students, and avoid identification with the Teacher archetype.
"As a profession associated with a sense of calling, teaching offers a lifelong developmental path with abundant opportunities and challenges for individuation and transformation," Olds said.
Olds, who joined the Linfield faculty in 1975, was the first recipient of the Edith Green Distinguished Professor award in 1981. She earned a bachelors degree from Oberlin College and a masters and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She has served as a research fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. During a recent sabbatical, Olds completed a manuscript on teaching as a developmental path of individuation and transformation. She is also the author of "Metaphors of Interrelatedness" and "Fully Human."
The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.