The Story of a Sixty-One-Year-Old Freshman

Racing Odysseus cover imageAt age sixty-one, Roger H. Martin left his job as President of Randolph-Macon College and enrolled at St. John’s College, the Great Books school in Annapolis, Maryland, to spend a semester as a college freshman. In his memoir, Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again, Martin describes his journey of discovery as he falls in love again with Plato, Socrates, and Homer, improbably joins the college crew team, and negotiates friendships across generational divides. Along the way, he ponders one of the most pressing questions facing education today: do the liberal arts still have a role to play in a society that seems to value professional, vocational, and career training above all else?

Martin recently spoke to A Town…and Village Two, an interview show broadcast widely in Westchester County and Manhattan, featuring leaders in the arts, education, business and public service. Watch the video now or visit our website to hear Martin’s interview on the UC Press Podcast (click the Audio/Video tab).