Tag: Peg O’Connor

The Light at the End of Suffering

The first guest speaker for Workshop Wednesdays in January 2013 at Jaywalker U was Peg O’Connor who engaged our men in a workshop on Philosophy and Addiction.  In addition to her visit to Jaywalker U, Peg has also traveled to Salvador, Brazil to be the keynote speaker at the Seventh International Symposium on Alcohol in November 2012.  In her spare time, Peg has been penning multiple articles (and adopting a new rescue dog).  Her most recent article, “The Light at the End of Suffering,” was published by the New York Times Opinionator Sunday night.  Her other published works in the New York Times include, “In the Cave: Philosophy and Addiction” and “The Fallacy of the Hijacked Brain.”  The Huffington Post has also been interested in Peg’s work; they published her article “Aristotle and Wittgenstein Walk into a Bar: Philosophy and Addiction” in October 2011.  Peg has also been spotted on…

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Workshop Wednesday

Today was Jaywalker U’s first Wednesday Workshop. Wednesday Workshops provide the JWU students and anyone who is interested with opportunities to explore the question, “How do I want to be in the world?” Men from Solutions, JWU, The Landing, CMC staff, and Jaywalker staff all gathered together to listen to Peg O’Connor, international speaker on Philosophy and Addiction, talk about ethical awareness, the meaning of life, and philosophy and addiction. Many of the guests today have taken a Philosophy course over the years but today’s class was a good way to tie philosophy ideas with the disease of addiction. Mike F, student at JWU, said, “I have a lot of knowledge about philosophers such as Socrates, Aristotle, and Kierkegaard but had never thought about their ideas in comparison to the disease of addiction. It was very informative and something I plan to pursue through the rest of my education.” One…

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