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SPR-SUM 2017

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SPRING 2017 \ PIERCE 51 It began as an adventurous step backward. A group of students were asked to leave their comforts, challenge their securities and go off in search of…something. Those who answered became vagabonds in Europe. They camped in fields. Their next destination was often determined just before they started walking there. They were their own subjects to study. It was 1969, and 48 years later what has become known simply as 'The Walk' is still going backwards, still disconnecting and still searching. It adds another chapter late this summer when Douglas Challenger, professor of sociology and a walk leader since 2006, takes a class to Spain's Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. "The goals are for the students to be sensitive with themselves, take time for reflection, to open their eyes to living a more examined life and to spend quality time with other people," he said.

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