listening to silence, listening to students

SSU Field Notes cover

[This afternoon is the book launch of SSU Field Notes: A Collected Memoir on Canada’s Smallest University. This quote is from an interview with Peter Fitch on what has kept SSU alive]:

…[T]here were two things that have changed us: one is this determination that we could be led intuitively or spiritually. The other thing is that I, maybe more than anybody else, have a complete conviction that each new generation of students has a voice that’s been changing this place….

I think that’s what has changed us. Internally, listening to silence. And listening to students. That’s why this place isn’t stagnant…. The people are changing, the ideas are changing, and to me, it feels like a situation of perpetual growth. I hope that’s true.

– Peter Fitch, from SSU Field Notes (2015)

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