Jeffrey Gettleman is a seasoned war correspondent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and current Bureau Chief for The New York Times. In this teaching, Jeffrey Gettleman shares his personal journey of self-discovery as detailed in his book, Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival.

Learning Objectives

In this teaching, you will:

  • Examine the career and life experiences of Jeffrey Gettleman
  • Evaluate the impact that someone important to you has had on your life
  • Evaluate the role of the journalist in today’s world
  • Assess a situation in your life in which you balance competing priorities
  • Analyze a risk you have taken in your life

Guiding Thoughts

Before listening to the modules in this teaching, please reflect on the following questions:

  • When Dan Eldon dropped out of college to go travel, instead of taking a year off, he said he was “taking a year on.” Why do you think he referred to it this way? Have you ever taken a year, a month, or even a day on? What was it like?
  • Jeffrey Gettleman says, “A big part of journalism is that we’re basically in the empathy generation business.” What do you think he means by this? Do you agree?
  • Jeffrey Gettleman has spent his life trying to find a balance between two competing priorities: his career and his relationship. What competing priorities have you had to balance in your life? What has that been like for you?
  • In his life and career, Jeffrey Gettleman has taken some huge risks and has somehow managed to survive them all. What risks have you taken in your life? What did you learn from them?

As you listen to the modules in this teaching, actively take notes of any ideas or questions that come to you. You may listen to the modules as many times as you like.

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