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The Joanna Macy Center/Sustainability Committee at Naropa University Presents:



Dates: Last Thursday's of Febraury, March and April,  7:00 PM

Location: Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave Thalacker Conference Room

Please join us as we share space together in nuclear guardianship and accountability. 


Thursday, February 22, “The Day After.” “The countdown has begun! Against the real-life backdrop of the US deployments of WMDs in Europe during the escalating cold war, this 'dramatically involving and agonizingly graphic film' about nuclear holocaust detonated a direct hit into the heartland of America. Stattin Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steven Guttenberg, John Cullum and John Lithgow, this controversial, potent drama is one of the most talked about programs in history. When cold-war tensions reach the ultimate boiling point, the inhabitants of a small town in Kansas learn—along with the rest of America—that they have less than 30 minutes before 300 Soviet warheads begin to appear overhead! Can anyone survive this ultimate nightmare. . .or the nuclear winter that is sure to follow?”

Thursday, March 22, “Dark Circle.” “Winner of the grand prize at the Sundance Film Festival and recipient of a national Emmy Award, “Dark Circle follows the trail of plutonium from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons facility in Colorado to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.” “you owe it to yourself to see this chilling documentary. A much needed warning sign on a very dangerous road.” -People Magazine. Produced and directed by Judy Irving Chris Beaver and Ruth Landy

Thursday, April 26, “Dr. Strangelove.” “Stanley Kubrick's black comedy classic about an 'accidental' nuclear attack. Created during a time when the paranoia of the Cold War was at its peak, the film still seems surprisingly relevant today. Convinced the 'Commies' are polluting America's 'precious bodily fluids,' a crazed General (Sterling Hayden) orders a surprise nuclear air strike on the USSR. His aide Captain Mandrake (Peter Sellers) furiously attempts to figure out a recall code to stop the bombing. Meanwhile, the U.S. president (Sellers again) gets on the hot line to figure how to convince the drunken Soviet premier that the impending attack is a silly mistake, while the president's advisor (and ex Nazi scientist) Dr. Strangelove (Sellers once more) confirms the existence of the dreaded Doomsday Machine—a new secret Soviet retaliatory device guaranteed to end the human race once and for all!”

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Carla Mueller at cmueller@naropa.edu  prior to the event. 



An Evening with Dr. Daniel Ellsberg:

Presented by KGNU and The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Dr. Daniel Ellsberg is a former high level defense analyst known as the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers. While working at the Rand Corporation, he turned top secret documents over to The New York Times and Washington Post, the papers exposed decades of lying to the American people about the extent of our involvement in Vietnam and our chances to make a difference there.

Date: April 28th, 2018. 7pm - Doors at 6:30
Location: Unity Church of Boulder, 2855 Folsom Street, Boulder, CO 
Cost: $20.00 (go to: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3320828 to purchase tickets)

The event is part of the commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the protests at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility located between Boulder and Denver. Ellsberg was one of hundreds of protesters  who were arrested for acts of civil disobedience, ultimately leading to the end of weapons production in 1989. Ellsberg has a new book published at the end of 2017, The Doomsday Machine:Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, which is chillingly pertinent now that there is a renewed threat of the use of nuclear weapons. No other insider with high level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era.
Ellsberg will be speaking about nuclear weapons policy as well as his experiences with protests, from the Pentagon Papers to Rocky Flats, and to his decades-long work for peace. For tickets and more information, please see kgnu.org or rmpjc.org.

Dan Ellsberg is the author of three books: The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner(2017,), Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002,) Risk, Ambiguity and Decision(2001,) and Papers on the War (1971). In December 2006 he was awarded the 2006 Right Livelihood Award, in Stockholm, Sweden, for putting peace and truth first, at considerable personal risk, and dedicating his life to inspiring others to follow his example. Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing. He is a Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.


Past Events

The Work that Reconnects Course at Naropa University in Boulder, CO  Spring 2018 

(click on the title for more information)



 "Nuclear Winter" a Discussion with Professor Michael Mills 

When: Thursday, January 25th, 2018 7pm
Where: Naropa University, Thalacker Conference Room  
Cost: Free

Nuclear Guardianship is one of the main branches of the work of Joanna Macy and we are happy to have the opportunity to share in understanding the impacts of our current nuclear era. Please gather with us in community for this free and unique opportunity to expand our awareness.

Michael Mills’ research has focused on modeling the chemistry and microphysics of the middle atmosphere, which affect the ozone layer and our climate. His recent published work has shown how firestorms resulting from a limited, regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan could produce global ozone losses of 20%-50% over populated areas, levels unprecedented in human history, accompanied by the coldest average surface temperatures in the last 1000 years, persisting for decades. His previous work showed how black carbon emissions from planned suborbital rocket launches for space tourism and scientific research could alter the radiative balance of the Earth, change stratospheric circulation, redistribute stratospheric ozone, and alter surface temperatures.

Other work suggested that high-energy cosmic rays from dense interstellar clouds caused catastrophic ozone depletion and mass extinctions in the past, during periods of magnetic reversal on Earth. As a graduate student, he helped develop a semi-empirical method for evaluating ozone depletion potentials, which helped insure that the dramatic depletions in ozone at the Earth's poles are correctly accounted for in evaluating substances controlled by the Montreal Protocol protecting the ozone layer. His work has taken him below the Antarctic Circle and above the Arctic Circle.


THE JOANNA MACY CENTER AT NAROPA UNIVERSITY invites you to a Community Gathering:

 Finding Joy, Resilience and Justice in the Midst of Heartbreak: Is Love All You Need?

 A Truth Telling Cabaret, Facilitated by:  Sherry Ellms, Associate Professor, BA Environmental Studies, MA Environmental/Resilient Leadership, /Faculty Lead, Joanna Macy Center & Miki Fire, Miki Fire, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor and Chair, Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy


Date: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8th, 12-1:20pm

Location: Performing Arts Center

Cost: Free

In the words of Joanna Macy, “Walk boldly through your life with an open broken heart. If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.”

We invite the Naropa Community to engage in the spirit of truth telling practices.

Let’s come together and both witness and participate in creative expression as a way to showcase what is real and vivid for us now, whether through music, movement, dance, spoken -word, performance art, sharing stories, rap or comedy.

This is an opportunity to bring your offering forward, whether prepared or spontaneous to share in community or simply come to offer your support through your presence. Creative expression is how we can BE out of the box, not just think out of the box!

If you know that you will be presenting a piece in advance please let us know so that we can accommodate to your needs- contact: cmueller@naropa.edu

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Carla Mueller at cmueller@naropa.edu


An Evening with Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
Alfalfa's Community Room, Arapaho & Broadway, Boulder
Cost: This event is free and open to the general public.
Sisters Platte and Gilbert will talk about their work as anti-nuclear activists with the Ploughshares organization, about the time they served in prison for acting on their belief that nuclear weapons should be abolished, and the their take on the promise of the Nuclear Weapons Ban.
Light refreshments, request to park across Arapaho in the library parking lot, if possible. The Community Room is at the far end of the Alfalfa's building. You don't access it from the grocery area; it has its own entrance door.


Sponsored by: The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center( www.rmpjc.org), the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa (www.naropa.edu/academics/jmc/and the Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Also: Please join us for a trip on Saturday, October 7, to Silo N8, where the sisters were arrested; to vigil, to pray, and to experience the vast paradox between the beauty of the Colorado prairie and a grim silo housing a Minuteman Missile. If you would like to carpool from Boulder, please email Judith Mohling judithmohling76@gmail.com

2nd Summer Symposium: Living Beyond Hope And Fear: 

Warrior Principle, Climate Action September 15-17, 2017

Boulder, CO 

To learn more about this exciting event, to register and to take action in aligning with Joanna Macy's teachings as we venture forth with compassion, clarity and vigilance, view the event website

Co-sponsored with The Joanna Macy Center at Naropa & The Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa


Liberation Dharma in the Time of the Great Unraveling with Joanna Macy, Boulder Shambhala Center

As we face what is happening to our country, our world--from accelerating climate chaos to oppressive use of police and surveillance powers--we can also discern guidance to be found in the Buddha Dharma.  The ancient teachings serve not only to steady the mind, but also to reveal the power and promise of Sangha for both resistance and creative change.


Three-day Weekend Intensive with Joanna Macy in the Work that Reconnects:
The Power of the Work that Reconnects in this Time of Challenge

The central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers in the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization. This is the aim of the Work That Reconnects: help us take part in the epochal shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.


Beyond Rocky Flats: Free Workshop for Downwinders and Others Impacted by Rocky Flats

These are challenging times. Especially if you live or have lived downwind from Rocky Flats. Or worked at the plant. How do you deal with the stress, fear, overwhelm or loneliness? In this workshop, you will experience a safe space to share your stories, build community, find inspiration and support, and share ideas for moving forward with your personal healing and with healing for the community.This engaging experience gives you tools for dealing with the challenges that Rocky Flats has brought into your life and into the lives of loved ones. This workshop is based on the work of anti-nuclear activist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy.


The Work that Reconnects Workshop: Support and Renewal in Unjust Times 
by Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish & Ramon Parish

From Standing Rock to Black Lives Matter to the alarming dimensions of this so-called election, these challenging times call us to find deeper ground—whether for our work to create to a more just world, or simply for the sake of our own sanity! Logic alone may not save us. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, numb, powerless, enraged; if you’re struggling with burnout, or feel the stirrings of a bigger calling: join us to commune and explore new ways of approaching our predicament while finding new sources of strength and resilience. We will gather in an inclusive, multi-racial, multi-gendered, multi-generational space to build with interactive tools paying special attention to:

  • understanding how the dynamics of privilege and oppression relate to ecological crises
  • honoring the pain of social and ecological injustice
  • growing our imaginative capacities for creating a more just and beautiful world





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