I am Eric Boggs, I am a Midwesterner living in the Pacific Northwest for the last 10 years. I am Instructor of leadership and communication at a business school, a fan of hip hop, a former global studies high school teacher, an outdoor adventurer, home designer and weekend contractor, sports enthusiast, social justice advocate and a listener, lover of stories and international traveller/homebody. Like you all, my identity is many things, which reminds me of this quote:
“Very well then I contradict myself; (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” – Walt Whitman
The poignant verse reminds me that we are never just one thing, and all the quirks and contradictions are par for the course. Looking forward to meeting all of you and exploring our contradictions!
1) What led you to your vocation as an educator?
“Storytellers, by the very act of telling, communicate a radical learning that changes lives and the world: telling stories is a universally accessible means through which people make meaning.”- Chris Cavanaugh
The stories told by my teachers changed my life. Stories about their life, the stories they had about what I could become beyond being the goofy kid in the back row. I played sports all of my youth and through college. I loved the camaraderie, excitement and the sense of community. My involvement in sports led to summer jobs in sports, teaching youth how to play football and communicate as a team. When I started playing outdoor sports, these summer jobs shifted into teaching youth kayaking skill or taking them on backpacking expeditions. Through my love of community building experiences, adventure and the outdoors- I found that I love to teach. I find it to be intellectual blue collar work, it is gritty and adaptive, every project is different, and I enjoy the opportunity to see how my energy has manifested. Teachers were extremely significant in my life and believe the work to be vital to our democracy and society.
2) Why is this course important to you? To our society? To our students?
“The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic ‘right-brain’ thinkers.” -Daniel Pink
In particular, I am interested in stories of the people we will meet. I have never been to the Middle East region, I have never lived with desert nomads, I have never seen Petra- I am super interested in the stories of those communities and their intersection with the learning objectives. Specifically, I am interested in the role leadership and innovation can have in discussions about peaceful solutions in the region, exploring the refugee perspective from a design-thinking perspective, using an economic lens for analyzing environmental issues. I teach within the Business School at the University of Oregon and I hope to return with a new found global perspective for my leadership and communication course. “
3) What do you hope to get out of this experience?
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
I hope to be present with our communities, to learn from each one of you and return with with a new perspective on Home.