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Beth Benedix

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To me, life is about making--and helping others to make--meaningful connections with the world around them.  As an author, professor, founder and director of a nonprofit organization, musician, wife, mother and friend, I care very much about making meaning, and encouraging others to recognize how meaningful their voices are.  My newest books aim to start conversations: about how we can transform higher education, about what learning really means, about what it means to tell another person's story, what it means to remember, what it means when stories and memories unexpectedly converge.  I hope you will join me in these conversations!

Please reach out if you are interested in setting up a reading or class visit.  I would be delighted to talk with you.

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The Post-Pandemic Liberal Arts College:  A Manifesto for Reinvention

September 29, 2020

"It’s been a rough year for higher education. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen schools experimenting with remote-only learning and bumpy in-person reopenings, leaving students, faculty, and staff stresseddissatisfied, and worried about their futures. A new book by two longtime professors suggests that the best solution is a total overhaul. Written during this year’s chaosThe Post-Pandemic Liberal Arts College: A Manifesto for Reinvention outlines the numerous deep-seated problems inside small liberal arts colleges (SLACs) and proposes a massive overhaul of these institutions."—Pearse Anderson, Teen Vogue

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Ghost Writer (A Story About Telling a Holocaust Story)

June 1, 2018

Ghost Writer is a labor of love, nine years in the making.  A risk-taking, convention-breaking book that straddles the genres of narrative non-fiction and memoir, Ghost Writer tells the story of the relationship I developed with Holocaust survivor, Joe Koenig, when I was commissioned to write his story. This is a book that struggles with and against what can and cannot be said, that addresses the obligations and insufficiencies of memory, that celebrates the messiness of authentic human interaction.  Elie Wiesel's death in 2016 threw into stark relief the fact that, very soon, there will be no one left to provide first-hand accounts of the Holocaust.  At its heart, Ghost Writer facilitates a conversation about how and why we will continue to tell these stories, about active listening, empathy and letting go of stubborn biases.  I am gratified that it was named a finalist for the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the category of writing/publishing (nonfiction).

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