Andrew Forsthoefel

A|U Monthly Muse - March 2019 (Spring into Action)


March 2019: Spring into Action

The shorter days of winter now behind us, the hustle and bustle of spring brings with it an innate sense of activity. Seize this momentum -- add books to your reading list that invoke a similar call to action. Writing from a range of experience, these three authors write about topics as relevant and diverse as immigration, vaccine-preventable diseases, and the art of listening.

Andrew Forsthoefel Inspires Students to Listen

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Andrew Forsthoefel is the author of Walking to Listen, a travel memoir (based on his This American Life radio piece) about a year he spent walking 4,000 miles across America after his graduation from Middlebury College in 2011. 

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Walking to Listen has been chosen as the all-school read for many schools, academies and universities this fall, including Tabor Academy, Langley High School, and Elms College. Andrew has earned wonderful feedback in engaging with students as a storyteller, listening teacher, and workshop facilitator.

Andrew’s hope is to connect with more students in this way, to share the power of walking with and for one another—the power of listening. The remarkable stories in this book—stories that happened on the road, with a large and diverse array of Americans—are a testament to the ways in which listening is the keystone component for healing in our hurting country.

There’s never been a better moment to help our young people learn how to listen thoughtfully. If you’d like to explore options for a visit with Andrew, be in touch with us today!

Village Harmony Campers read  Walking to Listen!

Village Harmony Campers read Walking to Listen!

What Would You Say to Men If You Knew They Were Listening?

A|U Author Andrew Forsthoefel wants your input! He's facilitating a workshop for men (and all those who identify as such) on the practice of trustworthy listening, and its role in 1) understanding the wounds of sexism, and then, if we can keep listening, and if we're graced, 2) healing those wounds.


Andrew is asking men to listen: to themselves, to each other, to women. He'd like to take some time in the workshop to hear about what all kinds of women have to say about the topics of men/masculinity and listening.  That's where we need your help!

Would you please give 20 minutes of your day to a group of men who will be gathering with the sincere intention to learn how to be better listeners? With the help of some sisters and aunties, Andrew has drafted a questionnaire for women to fill out, as a way to share what you have to say. He will be asking some of these questions in the workshop.

The workshop is called "Approaching the Wounded Lion: Re-imagining Masculinity in the Age of #MeToo."  Any and all input is very much appreciated!

A|U Monthly Muse - July 2018 (Reading to Unite)

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July 2018: Reading to Unite

In a time when our country seems so divided, we see literature as a unifying force. Check out these wonderful titles that help frame productive conversations and build common ground!