This February, poet Harryette Mullen visited Naropa as Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow
and offered a lecture on the poetics of soul food, exploring what kind of hunger soul
food is meant to satisfy, and its relations to African Americans’ experiences of slavery,
oppression, and discrimination. Read More.
Professor Anselm Hollo passed away on January 29, 2013, following a long illness.
Anselm was one of the pillars of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and
a great friend to Naropa and beloved mentor to hundreds of students and an inspiring
poet to countless readers around the world. Read More.
Naropa welcomed the return of Buddhist scholar and environmental activist Joanna Macy
this February for a lecture on “Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without
Going Crazy,” as well as a weekend workshop with the MA in Environmental Leadership
students. In her lecture, Macy explained that while she used to consider hope a killer
that removes one from the present, she has come to redefine it, asserting, “Hope isn’t
something you have, it’s something you do.” Read More.
With a ceremony rich in artistic expression, Naropa University inaugurated Chuck Lief
as the president of the university on February 16, 2013, at Nalanda Events Center
with close to three hundred in attendance. An art installation by longtime Naropa
Visual Arts faculty member Cynthia Moku greeted guests and the percussive bells of
Denver-based Gamelan Tunas Mekar orchestra invoked feelings of uplifted excitement
and celebration. Distinguished Professor of Poetics Anne Waldman offered the poem
“Generatively Speaking, Looking into the Darkness of One’s Own Time” with characteristic
fervor. Read More.
This March, Naropa welcomed the return of internationally recognized contemporary
performer Meredith Monk, as the 2013 Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism
Distinguished Guest Lecturer. A longtime friend of Naropa, Monk first became part
of Naropa Institute’s faculty in 1975 and, inspired by the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa
Rinpoche, soon began studying and practicing in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Read More.