• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l Caroline Penfield '22 l 11/4/2021

Caroline Penfield '22 shares on the theme "Dreaming". Caroline uses the imagery of a dreamcatcher to weave her storytelling. She invites us into her childhood and the moment where the dreams she held were maintained, rewritten, or let go of. Caroline invites us to ponder, when the dreamcatcher breaks...will we be ready?

Caroline Penfield (she/her) is a senior Policy Studies and Political Science double major from Birmingham, Alabama. On-campus, she is the SGA Executive Treasurer, and Elon 101 Peer Educator, Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow, and works in Residence Life. At Elon, Caroline has found a passion for interfaith work and justice through her work at the Truitt Center. She hopes to pursue a legal career in the Southeast post-grad. She loves music, Alabama football, and most definitely prefers mountains over beaches. Numen Lumen is one of Caroline's favorite Elon traditions and she is honored to be speaking today.


Our Numen Lumen theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the idea of dreaming. “Dreaming” will push our community to traverse the passive and active forms that dreaming takes in our lives. Speakers will explore the literal and figurative series of images, ideas, sensations, and emotions in the mind and through their work.

We ask speakers to ponder where reality and dreaming meet, what form dreaming takes in their everyday lives, and how dreaming directs their pathway. Can dreaming be a productive form of activism? Is dreaming strictly forward-thinking, or can it exist without time restraints? Is dreaming simply an involuntary experience? How may dreaming be dangerous, or irresponsible in the face of real-world issues? Or, where can it be a useful instrument? What are the burdens of dreaming? What or who makes you dream?

We encourage you to share your thoughts and responses to our speaker in the comment section below!

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