October of 2017 brought some exciting opportunities to Naropa University. Over the past few years, alumni have made it clear that they have a strong desire to reconnect with their Naropa roots. And whether it is teaching a workshop or offering a presentation, many alumni want to give back to their alma mater and help guide the next generation of Naropa graduates. Enter Community Week 2017, created as an invitation for alumni to come home to Naropa. The inaugural Community Week offered free events through which alumni, students, faculty, staff, and visitors could learn more about the university’s storied past, vibrant present, and exciting future through a variety of offerings including panel discussions, presentations, interactive workshops, and contemplative practice offerings.
The week culminated in the first-ever presentation of SparkTalks, an event created to exclusively showcase the wisdom of Naropa alumni to both the local community and a broader audience. The name originated from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s famous quote: “Let East meet West and the sparks will fly.” Free and open to all, audience members were treated to a series of dynamic presentations on subjects ranging from mindful lying to mythopoetic pedagogy. We hope you enjoy the 2017 SparkTalks!