Learning is Your Arc: Illinois Novelist, Ernest Hemingway, Teaches Us About Who We Are

A Road Scholar Program by Aaron Lawler

Ernest Hemingway

Jun 7, 2023


Yorkville Public Library
902 Game Farm Rd
Yorkville, IL 60560


Open to the public

We are natural-born learners, and we learn through story. Everything, from history and art to science and economics, is framed in story. Another way to say this – we seek qualitative answers, not just quantitative ones. Story is a way for people to understand their meaning and purpose in the world. In this workshop, participants will develop this framework of story as a way of learning through literary models in order to understand who they are and the world around them.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Story gives us answers to life’s most challenging questions such as “Why we are here?” and “What happens after we die?” The intersections of philosophy, poetry, and psychology provide a sense of comfort and community.

The presentation/workshop is split into three interactive parts: the hero archetype, Hemingway’s hero, and chasing your better self. Participants will explore work and ideas from Joseph Campell, Maureen Murdock, Goethe, Ernest Hemingway, David Brooks, Carol Dweck.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Mike Curtis at mcurtis@yorkville.lib.il.us.


Our library currently continues to recommend masking at events in which participants will be seated near one another, but we do not require any Covid precautions at this time.

Learn more about Aaron Lawler, this program, and how to book it.