About the GEO
Delicatus ille est adhuc cui patria dulcis est; fortis autem iam, cui omne solum patria est; perfectus vero, cui mundus totus exsilium est. ille mundo amorem fixit, iste sparsit, hic exstinxit.** Hugh of Saint Victor, from Didascalion III, c.
In the 12th century when travel was a more arduous venture than it is today, the Augustinian canon and scholar Hugh of St. Victor proposed that an understanding of other places and peoples was critical to self-understanding as well as being fundamental to relating rightly to the world around you—wherever you might be.
In the 21st century, we live in a world where 'inter-connectedness' is the norm. It shapes countries, economies, societies, and individuals. It fills our news and shapes our daily lives as much as it does our nation’s policy. Yet, the ease and ubiquity of this new global reality makes it easy to mistake “connection” for “comprehension.” At Merrimack, we believe that real understanding—real 'connectedness'—is borne only of experience, examination and reflection. This is what global education means. It means that connections across cultures (across the globe, on our own campus, or in a neighboring township) are rooted in relationships, shared experience, and--in the words of Hugh of St. Victor--“unfixing” our homeland.
**"The one who finds their homeland sweet is still a tender beginner; the one to whom every soil is as their native one is already strong; but s/he is perfect to whom the entire world is as a foreign land. The tender soul has fixed his love on one spot in the world; the strong man has extended his love to all places; the perfect man has extinguished his."