This article examines some of the traits that allow people to act heroically or prevent them from doing so.
Source: The Conversation
Read about Campbell’s theory of the hero’s journey and its affect on modern cinema.
Source: American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association states that overcoming life’s obstacles requires resilience. Building up that trait is often a personal journey. This guide offers tips and advice to do so.
What do you have in common with heroes in literature, movies, and television? It may be more than you think. Watch this short video to learn about the the hero’s journey myth.
Former astronaut and NASA administrator Charles Bolden talks about the future of space exploration.
Source: Vanity Fair
Read about the accomplishments and setbacks of one man’s seven-year kayak trip just before the onset of World War II.
Source: Psychology Today
Psychology professor and police chaplain Brian Kinnaird argues for the inlucsion of comic book superheroes with the great classical heroes of mythology.
Source: The Telegraph
Read about a woman who explores the world with Google Streetview, using the project as an artistic outlet and to raise awareness for agoraphobia.
Follow the journey of Garret McNamara as he attempts to surf the dangerously large waves of Portugal.
Source: Peter T. Struck/University of Pennsylvania
The Odyssey is one of the most exciting stories ever told, of a long and complicated heroic journey. This interactive story map summarizes Odysseus’s journey using a modern-day map and representations in art.
Like any quest, the journey to Mars will require careful planning and many intermediate steps. Check out this timeline of stages in the process of making humans independent from our home planet.
Meet the unsung heroines who deciphered military codes during the first and second World Wars.
Source: Science Focus
Learn from a scientist who undertook an expedition inside one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Source: Teen Vogue
It’s difficult enough to undertake a quest, but one teen recently accomplished a stunning goal while also using humor to shut down her critics.
Source: Discerning History
Arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton is said to have advertised for companions: “Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful.” But did he really?
Source: The Royal Geographical Society
Want to undertake your own expedition one day? The Royal Geographical Society was founded in 1830 and has supported many famous explorers, such as Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hillary. Read these tips for planning a successful expedition. Then, explore the site for more information about this historic society.
Source: Nobel Prize
Fridtjof Nansen would have been a hero in his native Norway if he had only been a brilliant scientist or an intrepid explorer or an innovative diplomat or a life-saving humanitarian. But he was all of these, and more.
Source: Go Abroad
Part of the Odyssey’s appeal is the element of surprise—would generation after generation dig into a story whose hero figures out exactly how to get where he’s planned to go and goes straight there?
Source: Early Bird Books
Get an overview of modern works that draw on Homer’s classic for inspiration.
Source: The Washington Post
Read about the influences on the poet who wrote “The Journey” and her quest for a fuller understanding of what it means to be alive.