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meditation centerElaine Yuen, PhD (Associate Professor, Religious Studies) led the Summer Dathun (monthlong meditation program) at Karmê Chöling Meditation Center in Barnet, Vermont.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Core & Ranked Faculty

Christine Caldwell, PhD, LPC, BC-DMT, NCC, ACS (Professor, Somatic Counseling Psychology & Dean of Graduate Education) has just published an article in the American Journal of Dance Therapy. The article is titled "Diversity Issues in Movement Observation and Assessment." It examines how we look at and judge the bodies of others, and how the implicit assumptions we hold about how bodies should look and behave can influence how therapists treat their clients. In addition, Christine will be presenting her work on the bodily effects of oppression at two conferences this fall—at the American Dance Therapy Association in Brooklyn, and at the Qualitative Health Research Conference in Halifax.

In July 2013, Jeanine M. Canty, PhD (Associate Professor, Environmental Studies) did a Speak Easy talk called "Walking Between Worlds: Keys to Ecological Healing" at Colorado Wanderlust in Copper Mountain, Colorado. The video of the talk will be released this fall. In October, a book chapter she co-authored with Naropa University faculty, John Davis, called Ecopsychology and Transpersonal Psychology will be published in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology.

Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC (Professor and Coordinator of the graduate Art Therapy program) had two publications. The first, "Know thyself: Awakening self-referential awareness through art-based research" is a re-republished article in Art as Research: Opportunities and Challenges (Intellect Books). Michael's artwork is featured on the book's cover. The second publication, which is in press is entitled: Mindful considerations for training art therapists: Inner friendship - outer professionalism. In Rappaport, L. (ed.), Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Michael offered the following courses in Bogota, Colombia, and Istanbul, Turkey: "Following the Image – Manifesting Unconscious Truth Through Art" and "An Introduction to Art Therapy" at SASANA, Bogota, Colombia. And "An Introduction to the Clinical Foundations and Expressive Applications of Art Therapy" along with "Creating our Dialogues: Surfacing the Voices of Fragility and Resiliency Through Art, Writing, and Contemplative Witnessing" at Arkabace, Istanbul, Turkey.

In addition, Michael was invited to Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia to present "Expression, Imagination, and Creativity: An Introduction to the Field of Art Therapy" and to Antioch University to present "Artistic Practices for Self-Supervision: Contemplative and Empathic Methods for Compassionate Insight." Lastly, Michael presented "Clinical Foundations and Practical Applications of Art Therapy (I and II)" at the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council Conference, and co-presented "Art Therapy, Yoga, and Mindfulness: Contemplative Approaches to Practice- Year, 2" and "Mindfulness and Art Therapy: Application, Benefits, Challenges, Cautions" at the American Art Therapy national conference.

Bhanu Kapil's (Assistant Professor, Jack Kerouac School) fourth book, Schizophrene, was a finalist for the 15th Asian American Literary Book Award. A peer-reviewed essay on Bhanu's third book—They Were Girls: Animality and Poetic Voice in Bhanu Kapil's Humanimal, by Sarah Dowling—appeared in the American Quarterly. Bhanu was a visiting writer at the University of Washington (Bothell) and the AROHO (A Room of Her Own Foundation) retreat in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico; she also received invitations to speak to classes studying her books in UC San Diego, the University of Louisiana (Baton Rouge) and the University of Wyoming. New cross-genre work appeared in several journals; a creative nonfiction account of a recent journey through the agro-industrial corridors of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Harayana—India: Notebooks—appeared in The Ancients. Her work also appeared in The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, edited by Davis Schneiderman. At &Now 2013, a national conference on experimental writing and forms, Bhanu gave a talk as part of a multi-genre, interdisciplinary panel on "Space, Place and Reciprocity," chaired by Marthe Reed; she also gave an off-site performance at Counterpath bookstore, as part of an opening for an exhibition of rare and recently discovered photographs of the 1973 "Causaglia" performance by VALIE EXPORT (Michael Merighi). This event was curated by Patrick Greaney and also included talks/presentations by Monica de la Torre and Christine Wertheim.

Anne Parker book coverAnne Parker's (Professor, Environmental Studies) new book Multi-Ethnic Interface in Nepal has just come out from Himal Press September 2013. "Multi-Ethnic Interface in Eastern Nepal captures the complex and evolving dynamics between Nepal's diverse ethnic groups in co-creating the landscape and the culture they live in." Anne just gave a talk at Yosemite National Park on "Buddhism and the Environment: Mindfulness Practices and Environmental Education." She was also tape recorded for posterity by the Park Historian and Archivist on the topic of my role in the group of UC Berkeley students from the Conservation of Natural Resources major forty years ago who researched, designed, and implemented the park's first wilderness permit system. Read about Anne's work at Yosemite.

Andrew Schelling book coverIn April 2014, Andrew Schelling (Associate Professor, Jack Kerouac School) will join Scottish poets Alec Finlay and Gerry Loose to walk the new John Muir Way, planting trees from Muir's native Scotland and his beloved Sierra Nevada Range. Andrew has three books forthcoming which include Love and the Turning Seasons: India's Poetry of Spiritual and Erotic Longing (Counterpoint Press) and The Real People of Wind and Rain (Singing Horse Press).

Judith Simmer-Brown (Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies) engaged in collaboration and outreach with universities and institutes on behalf of the University. In the fall, she represented Naropa at the Frederick P. Lenz conference entitled "Contemplation, Collaboration and Change" at Garrison Institute. In November, she is presenting "Mindfulness is Not Enough" at the Association of Contemplative Mind in Higher Education conference at Amherst College. Later in November, she is presenting a paper for a panel entitled "Deep Listening and Spiritual Care" at the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies held in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion meeting in Baltimore. An article of hers appears in the fall issue of The Shambhala Sun, an excerpt from the forthcoming book called The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women, edited by Zenshin Florence Caplow and Susan Moon. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2013. Another article has just been published: "Listening Dangerously: Dialogue Training as Contemplative Pedagogy," Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies Journal, Vol. 33, 2013, 33-40.


Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye
Anne Waldman with Ambrose Bye, Henry Miller Library, Big Sur,
September 2013. Photo: Alystyre Julian

Anne Waldman (Distinguished Professor of Poetics, Jack Kerouac School; Artistic Director, Summer Writing Program) recently performed with Ambrose Bye (piano & guitar) at a benefit for the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. Her new book, Gossamurmur—an allegorical romp travelling through Heian Japan and Vedic India about the rescue of poetry's archive from the "dread Deciders who want to murder poetry"—was published by Penguin Poets in the summer of 2013 (imperative reading for Naropa poetics students interested in saving archive!) and her CD with Thurston Moore and Clark Coolidge, "Comes Through In The Call Hold" was released this summer from Fast Speaking Music/Ecstatic Peace. Forthcoming: Jaguar Harmonics from Post-Apollo Press. As a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets she will be participating in the October Poets Forum joining a panel on "Reading and Writing the Long Poem." She will be hosted by the Pulitzer Gallery in St. Louis in November celebrating the work of artist Donald Judd. And reading at the Poetry Project at St Mark's Church In-the-Bowery November 6. For more information, see


Art Therapy students in Cambodia
Art Therapy students at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Photo: James Huffman, second-year Art Therapy student.
Sue Wallingford (Associate Professor, Art Therapy) along with Anne Howland (Administration Specialist, Graduate School of Psychology) and ten students from the Naropa Community Art Studio-International (NCAS-I) team embarked on their second monthlong service-learning trip to Cambodia in May 2013. While there, this team of students worked with four organizations, the Cambodian Women's Crisis Center in Sisaphon, Anjali House in Siem Reap, Ragamuffin in Phnom Penh, and Women's Handicraft and Development Association in Kep. The intention behind this project is two-fold: 1.) to cultivate awareness about the diverse issues in the Cambodian culture, to learn about the historical and present-day trauma endemic in their culture and especially as it has to do with domestic violence, poverty, and sex trafficking, and 2.) to bring knowledge about the healing power of art therapy and its usefulness in combating trauma and aiding in self care.


Candace Walworth, PhD (Associate Professor, Peace Studies) traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia, in March, 2013, to conduct a review of Where There Be Dragons "Amazon and Andes" program, a 16-credit study abroad program focused on cultural, political, and ecological diversity in Bolivia and Peru. The program is accredited by Naropa. Candace's essay, "Telling the Climate Justice Story" appears in the Spring-Summer 2013 edition of The Peace Chronicle. Over the summer, she completed a facilitator's training at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Denver and presented a workshop on "Conflict, Creativity and Capacity Building Through Digital Storytelling" at the 6th International Conflict Resolution Education Summit on "Bridging Cultures: Education for Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement" in Cleveland, Ohio. She participated in a pre-conference symposium on "People, Power and Pedagogy: Methods for Teaching About Nonviolent Struggle" with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Fall semester, 2013, Candace will partner with local organizations such as the Gathering Place in Denver and Grow Local Colorado to create service-learning opportunities for Naropa undergraduates in a newly revised core seminar, Community-based Learning and Action. 

meditationElaine Yuen, PhD (Associate Professor, Religious Studies) had two presentations at the Association of Professional Chaplains Meeting in Orlando, Florida. June 29, 2013: "Attending with Body, Speech and Mind: The Practice of Basic Attendance" and "Cultural Humility and Pastoral Care." Elaine led the Summer Dathun (monthlong meditation program) at Karmê Chöling Meditation Center in Barnet, Vermont from June 13-July 11, 2013. She also spoke on "Buddhist Perspectives on Cultivating Contentment" in July at the Chautauqua Institution as part of the Department of Religion Interfaith Series. Elaine was part of a group of Buddhist art curators, scholars, and practitioners convened by the Robert Ho Foundation in Washington, DC—the "Buddhist Gallery Initiative"—where they discussed how and where Buddhist art may be more contemplatively displayed.


Ariella Ruth (Alumna and Program Assistant, Jack Kerouac School) has creative work recently published in Gesture Literary Journal, The OR Panthology: Ocellus Reseau, and Yew Journal