How do men and women overcome unexpected crises, man-made catastrophes, and natural disasters? In this LC, we will read memoirs, articles, essays, and short stories, to explore the inner strength that people discover when they experience loss of home, displacement, war, addiction, or other difficult circumstances. What are the psychological qualities of a survivor? How do survivors connect to other people and community? We'll examine the transformative role adversity can play in elevating the human spirit. The writing assignments will include some personal experience but mostly will be based on the readings and will include one research essay.