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​Second Year retreat 2016 - Building the Good Life: Purpose, Meaning and Balance

This weekend saw the 2016 Second Year Scholar retreat taking place at Rhodes House. Over three days, Scholars explored in depth the theme of "Building the Good Life: Purpose, Meaning and Balance".

Topics included:

  • What is your work in the world?
  • Conflicts between work, life and duty
  • Risk, failure and courage
  • Money, Power and Institutions: Need, Value, Use
  • Gratitude and Humility
  • Friendships, relationships and mentors
  • Re-creation - Reflection, culture, art and spirituality
  • Wellness and mindfulness
Nick K retreat

Nicholas Kristof speaking to Scholars. The format is based around a series of readings, talks and discussions, with sessions being moderated by Senior Scholars. Talks were given by: Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983), Warden of Rhodes House; Nicholas Kristof (Oregon & Magdalen 1981), American journalist, author, op-ed columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes; and Eusebius McKaiser (South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's 2013), political and social analyst at the Wits Centre for Ethics and popular radio talk show host.

 Rhodes Scholars discuss the Service and Leadership programme in this video: