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The Road to Character by David Brooks - 2016/17 One Book One College: Class Activity Ideas

Resume vs. Eulogy

Ideas by Academic Discipline


Reflect on a movie or book you have read.  What main character exemplifies "resume virtues?"  What character exemplifies "eulogy virtues?"

Think about two people in your life who exemplify resume and eulogy virtues.  Compare and contrast them.

Government/ Politics:

Does the personal character of our leaders matter?  Why or why not?


Character ethics vs. personality ethics


How does the id, ego, and superego relate to personal character?

World Religions: 

If each of the world's religions were a person, how would you list their character traits?  What are their values?


Create a resume.  Next, write your eulogy.  What values are listed on each?  Are they the same or different?