The Odyssey of Learning

“When this old world starts getting me down,” as the old song goes, and the usual antidotes — family, friends, writing, and music — can’t soothe my soul, I take comfort in knowing there’s one place I can always go that’s akin to being “Up on the Roof.” And that’s my annual engagement with the inspiring students enrolled in UW-Madison’s Odyssey Project. While I’m typically there with my colleague and collaborator, Professor Craig Werner, to talk about music and the Vietnam War, I always come away from those evenings awed and stimulated by the students and their insights. My encounter this past week was no exception.