2016 Spring Symposium Panel

"How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time: Discuss"  With Eunsong Kim, Ricardo Dominquez and Sayra Pinto Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center at Wulsin Hall

Evening Reading on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. With Eunsong Kim, Ricardo Dominguez, Sayra Pinto and Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer, Dawn Lundy Martin, at the Performing Arts Center!

March 4, 2016 (Boulder, Colorado)—Naropa University & Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics is honored to host three prominent cultural voices, Eunsong Kim, Ricardo Dominguez, and Sayra Pinto, for the 2016 Spring Symposium entitled "How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time: Discuss."

The symposium panel begins at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th in the Student Center at Wulsin Hall on the Arapahoe Campus at 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. Public is welcome. The panel is followed by an evening reading with all three panelists and guest, Dawn Lundy Martin, Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, also on the Arapahoe campus. Evening event is free, open to the public, with a reception after in the Sycamore Conference Room.

Eunsong Kim is a very brilliant writer, researcher and educator mostly residing in San Diego. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in: Minnesota Review, Iowa Review, Seattle Review, Tinfish, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, The Margins and Quaint Magazine. Kim is currently a PhD candidate in literature at UCSD, before which she was an artist in residence in Chicago public schools for Hands on Stanzas at the Poetry Center and at Urban Gateways. Kim writes about literature, digital cultures, and art criticism, and was the recipient of a 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Noemi press will be publishing her first book of poems in 2017.

Ricardo Dominguez is the visionary and fierce co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed virtual sit-in technologies in solidarity with the Zapatistas communities in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1998. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab project with Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, and Elle Mehrmand, the Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cell phone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/US border) was the winner of “Transnational Communities Award” (2008), an award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico–US and handed out by the US Embassy in Mexico. The project was also under investigation by the US Congress in 2009-2010 and was reviewed by Glenn Beck in 2010 as a gesture that potentially “dissolved” the U.S. border with its poetry. Dominguez is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2 and the Performative Nano-Robotics Lab at SME, UCSD.

Sayra Pinto is a molecule-altering poet, scholar and activist dedicated to creative change. She is the author of Vatolandia and Pinol (Shabda Press) and her work was included in the indigenous anthology, I Was Indian. A collaboration and organizational development, leadership, and social change consultant with 20 years’ experience, Pinto facilitates community, organizational and individual change processes. She is passionate about building transformative, authentic processes with leaders, organizations and communities.  Her professional experience ranges from the creation of cutting edge multicultural youth development programs in inner city environments to leading state-wide collaborative initiatives to teaching undergraduate courses in Ethnic Studies. Sayra’s training and facilitation experience is broad and effective with national and international audiences.  She holds a Ph.D. from the Union Institute & University, an MFA from Goddard College, and a B.A. from Middlebury College.

Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer, Dawn Lundy Martin, is an utterly extraordinary poet, essayist, performer and activist who earned a BA at the University of Connecticut, an MA at San Francisco State University, and a PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Martin’s first full-length collection, A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007), was selected by Carl Phillips for the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Discipline, won the 2009 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, chosen by Fanny Howe (Nightboat Books, 2011). Her most recent collection is Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2014.)

For more information contact Charmain Schuh at cschuh@naropa.edu or call 303-245-4637.​

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charmain Schuh at cschuh@naropa.edu or 303-245-7973. About Naropa University (www.naropa.edu): Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014–2015, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education; an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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