Naropa University to Provide Co-Sponsorship, Faculty Involvement at Eleventh Annual Front Range Bioneers Conference


Boulder, Colo. (November 5, 2013)--For the third consecutive year, Naropa University will co-sponsor the Front Range Bioneers Conference, taking place November 8-10 at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus. In addition to presentations, workshops, and field trips by local subject-matter experts, the event features broadcasts of plenaries from the national Bioneers Conference, which takes place annually in San Rafael, California.

The keynote speaker for this year is the noted agriculture ecologist, ethnobotanist, and writer, Gary Paul Nabhan. This year's conference also features an unprecedented number of presentations by Naropa community members. Faculty from Naropa's School of Natural & Social Sciences will share their expertise on a variety of topics, ranging from environmental justice to edible plant identification. Events will include:

  • "Seeing with Indigenous Eyes: Empty Your Cup," with Ian Sanderson, adjunct faculty, Environmental Studies
  • "Making the Invisible Visible: Race, Environment, and Embodied Knowing," with Jeanine Canty, associate professor, Environmental Studies and director, School of Natural & Social Sciences; and Ramon Parish, adjunct faculty, Environmental Studies
  • "Bioneers to Gaianeers: a Sustainability Paradigm," with Martin Ogle, adjunct faculty, Environmental Studies
  • "Working with Trees as Allies and Friends," with Anne Parker, professor, Environmental Studies and program lead, MA Environmental Leadership
  • "Eco-Digital Storytelling: Stories From and For the Web of Life," with Candace Walworth, associate professor, Peace Studies
  • "Radical Joy for Hard Times," with Sherry Ellms, associate professor, Environmental Studies
  • "Wild Edible Weeds of Colorado," with Brigitte Mars, adjunct faculty, Contemplative Psychology

In addition to Naropa's many faculty offerings, Naropa alumnus, Jared Urchek, will offer his expertise in "Mushroom Cultivation and Ecosystem Regeneration," and former Naropa trustee, Victoria Kindred Keziah, will present "Natural Strategy: A Way Forward."

Front Range Bioneers brings together people who are passionate about making a difference on a local and national level. The event serves as an incubator for agents of change by featuring practical and innovative solutions to restore Earth’s endangered ecosystem and healing human communities. Along with broadcasts, the event also includes a marketplace of products and services for sustainable living, film, music, arts, children’s activities, and more than twenty-four sessions and workshops. The event links internationally acclaimed speakers with local topics to inspire a “global-local” approach towards global and regional solutions.

Naropa University’s School of Natural & Social Sciences develops the whole person through contemplative learning that broadens and sharpens the intellect, deepens intuition, sparks curiosity, nourishes compassion, and embodies confidence. Our BA and MA programs in Contemplative Education, Early Childhood Education, Contemplative Psychology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Leadership, and Peace Studies provide a profound understanding of the world through the study of education, peace and social justice, psychology, sacred ecology, science, systems, and service learning.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.