Commencement 2019

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Carine McCandless, author of the New York Times and National Best Seller "The Wild Truth," and Dr. Doug Kennedy, professor of recreation and leisure studies at Virginia Wesleyan, presented at VWC on March 5 as part of the faculty-led lecture series Talk About Teaching. In their presentation, titled "Teaching Students the Truth and 'The Wild Truth': Challenging Students to Look Farther and Dig Deeper," they spoke about the challenges of helping students understand what makes certain information the “truth.” The sister of literary icon Chris McCandless, Carine McCandless was instrumental in the development of Jon Krakauer's international bestselling book "Into the Wild," which has been chosen twice as VWC’s summer read. As a result of the book's success, McCandless began receiving invitations to speak out on the topic of domestic violence at high schools and colleges across the country. As part of the VWC presentation, she shared how her work with students became part of the motivation for writing her memoir, as well as how her experience has exposed students to the untold truth behind "Into the Wild." McCandless and Kennedy have collaborated on teaching materials to accompany both her memoir and Krakauer's book, and in February 2015, they presented at the 34th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (FYE) in Dallas, Texas. Following the presentation, McCandless signed copies of her memoir. Additional autographed books are available in VWC’s Scribner Bookstore. For more information, contact Denise Wilkinson with The Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning at 757.455.3249 or See photo