Naropa University Presents Eco-Philosopher and Activist Joanna Macy

Johanna MacyBOULDER, Colo. (January 25, 2013)--Naropa University welcomes back environmental activist and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, who will present a public lecture on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., at Naropa's Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder.

Macy's lecture, "Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy," will address what she deems the most significant aspect of this historical moment on Earth--that we as humans have begun to awake from a long sleep, to an entirely new relationship to our world, to ourselves, and to each other. Macy has coined this shift from an industrial growth paradigm to a life-sustaining one as "the Great Turning." She will offer stories on this time of the Great Turning, as well as reflect on how to remain sane, centered, and connected during the inevitable unraveling of an unsustainable civilization.

WHAT: Public Lecture: "Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy," with Joanna Macy
WHEN: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Naropa's Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
PRICE: $10 for general community; $5 for seniors, Naropa alumni, and non-Naropa students with valid ID; $5 for Naropa faculty and staff with valid Naropa ID; Free for Naropa students with valid Naropa ID. Purchase limit four per person for $10 tickets and seniors and one per person for all other categories. For event registration and tickets, please visit

An esteemed voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, Joanna Macy earned a PhD in religious studies from Syracuse University in 1978, and has authored numerous books, which include Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society, 1983); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY, 1991); World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax, 2007); and her memoir, Widening Circles (New Society, 2000). Macy's body of work draws from her studies of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology, as well as from decades of activism. Matters addressed in her work include the psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science.

Macy is perhaps most recognized for her development and facilitation of the Work that Reconnects (, an innovative theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as an influential workshop methodology for its application. First known as Despair and Empowerment work, the Work that Reconnects originated in the late 1970s, with the intention of demonstrating our interconnectedness within the web of life, and our authority to take action on its behalf. These workshops help participants to transform the despair and apathy often experienced in the face of daunting social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. As a visiting faculty member in Naropa's MA in Environmental Leadership program, Macy facilitates a three-day Work that Reconnects workshop for the program's graduate students every other spring semester. For more information about Joanna Macy and her work, please visit

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.