I am again teaching an undergraduate honors seminar this J-term at the University of St. Thomas. When I taught the course last year, the figures we focused on were Malala Yousafzai, Oscar Romero, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Helen Prejean.
As I am planning how to teach the course this semester (something I spent the bulk of yesterday doing), I thought it would be a good exercise to ask you to consider the questions I ask my students on the first day of the seminar:
How do you define heroism? What is it that makes you call someone a hero?
Name three people to whom you personally apply the label hero and explain why?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments here. It might give me some ideas for people to talk about in class. 🙂