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Upcoming Events



Leveraging the Power of Personal Storytelling for Climate Justice - APR 6

Consent Performance - APR 18-20 

seeing the racial waters - MAy 22








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Friday, March 22 // 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Nalanda Campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Free & open to all

Naropa University opens its doors to prospective graduate and undergraduate students from across the country and around the world at Experience Naropa – a whirlwind of activity designed to open minds, spark creativity, and begin to create the bonds of community. Tour campus, attend sample classes, and meet students and faculty who are changing the world for the better. Come for the answers to your questions, and stick around for an engaging afternoon full of lively activities and passionate people.


Learn how mindfulness and contemplative education become a part of our students' daily lives in and out of the classroom. Discover if Naropa is right for you.


Explore contemplative education first-hand with our wonderful faculty and leave with an understanding of what it's like to attend a Naropa class.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Martha Husick at 303-546-3548 or at admissionsevents@naropa.edu prior to the event.




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Rebuilding a Peace Narrative with Charles Eisenstein

The Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture

Wednesday, April 3 // 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible, and Climate: A New Story. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and children.



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Naropa Sustainability Council

Saturday, April 6 // 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Ave // Boulder, CO


In an oil and gas state, climate justice efforts are losing popular support due to their perceived "liberal bias". This ends up hurting the marginalized communities that are most vulnerable to the effects of oil and gas mining. Participants in this hands-on workshop will gain a critical understanding of how to do effective personal storytelling in politically polarized contexts. Experience increased levels of confidence and willingness to share your authentic, personal stories in your social justice work. Strong emphasis is placed on creating a warm and supportive social environment to ease the burden of fear and anxiety the issue of climate change can create.

Maria Talero, PhD, is a hands-on, educator, facilitator and consultant with 15 years of experience in education. Dr. Talero offers leadership trainings, workshops and public speaking to non-profits, schools and communities of faith in Colorado, and organizes a grassroots, crowd-funded film and discussion forum on climate change called Community Climate Courage. She is a 2014 NAAEE Community Climate Change Fellow through the EECapacity program.



Maria Talero with white board


Thursday, April 18 // 7:30 pm

Friday, April 19 // 7:30 pm

Saturday. April 20 // 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO


The 2nd Year MFA Theater and Contemporary performance cohort culminates their time at Naropa University with a project that explores the meaning of Consent, and how it arises within our interpersonal relationships and greater culture. In a time when history continues to repeat itself, the performance is grounded in a deconstruction of the Supreme Court Nomination hearings of 1991 and 2018 and examines the similarities and differences between both. The cast takes on the roles of Anita Hill, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh taking the audience on a journey through time and the complexity of social and cultural power dynamics.
This piece, devised under the mentorship of Leigh Fondakowski and Wendell Beavers utilizes Moment Work and Viewpoints techniques while also playing with sound, light, and levels of visibility. The ensemble uses what they have learned during their time at Naropa University to construct a story that mindfully revolves around seeing things as they truly are.



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With Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Author of "White Fragility"

March 13 // 2-5:30 p.m., followed by a book signing

May 22 // Time TBD

Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Sliding Scale: $135-$175

This workshop will explore topics including white socialization, systemic racism, white solidarity, the specific ways racism manifests for white progressives, safety versus comfort, the politics of emotions, and white fragility. This will be a combination of lecture, structured reflection, and small group discussion designed to provide a comprehensive system analysis and identify personal complicity.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books, including What Does it Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.



Art Exhibitions

Free & open to all

The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.

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