email@example.com | 303-245-4712Associate Dean, Naropa College, Professor
What’s joyous about Naropa? So many folks here are engaged with what matters to them—there’s a palpable energy of aliveness, a fiery desire to make a positive contribution. Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk-activist, wrote that the function of a university is to teach a person how to drink tea. Why? Because drinking tea is ordinary. “Every action, however small, can teach you everything—provided you see who it is that is acting.” Contemplative education in a nutshell.
President’s Award for Outstanding faculty (1993 and 1999)
Naropa Student Union (SUN) Faculty of the Year award (2005 and 2008)
Review of “The Open Hand: Arguing as an Art of Peace“ by Barry Kroll
“Guardians of Pachamama,” one of my digital stories
“Make the Path by Walking,” a digital archive of my contemplative, scholarly, community-engaged and artistic investigations
My teaching and research interests include socially engaged spirituality, the socially engaged imagination, and the practice of dialogue in conflict transformation. I am a passionate community-engaged teacher and scholar working in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in peace, social justice and sustainability. I engage in collaborative projects with students that take us into the community and bring scholars, activists and social innovators into the classroom. My current work builds on my dissertation (a biography) and my life-long love of narrative—from tiny forms like digital stories to oral histories and documentary.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein