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Submitted PhotoLuis Polar Sr. will present Stories from Life on Thursday, June 9.
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Words of wisdom span cultural boundaries. Wisdom, especially the wisdom of those who have lived full lives, is a very basic human connection.In May and June, Colorado Mountain College will host a series of elders of different cultures who will speak about the essential spirituality that connects all human beings. Wisdom Works will feature free evening lectures from 6:30-8 p.m. at CMC’s Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. The series begins Wednesday, May 11, with Ute elder Clifford Duncan, Dr. Will Evans and archaeologist Bill Kight, who will present “Everything is Connected.”Clifford Duncan is a Northern Ute elder and the tribe’s retired historian. He is an artist, a former museum director, and has performed many rituals and blessings, several times opening the Carbondale Mountain Fair. He participated in the opening ceremony of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and is the senior member of the Ute LifeWays Project.Evans is a Carbondale-based physician and longtime student of Native American traditions. He received his medical degree from Baylor University Medical School and has two degrees in acupuncture from the Chinese College of the United Kingdom. His studies of the traditional ways of several Native American tribes have led him to collaborate in teaching with Duncan.Kight is an archaeologist and anthropologist with the U.S. Forest Service who has worked with and advocated for Indian tribes for 25 years. Kight is also a writer and columnist who has been involved in the protection and preservation of the culture and sacred sites of Native Americans for more than 25 years. His leadership, activism and volunteer work include helping protect aboriginal rights. He has received national awards from the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, and was Colorado Mountain College’s Roaring Fork Campus Adjunct Faculty of the Year in 2001.Father Thomas Keating, Trappist monk and retreat director at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, is the author of “Open Mind, Open Heart,” “Invitation to Love,” and “The Human Condition” and co-developer of the centering prayer. He is the founder of Contemplative Outreach, an international organization with groups in 38 states and 23 countries supporting the efforts of those on the contemplative path.Keating’s recent work in the interspirituality movement will be part of a PBS television series that explores bringing different religions and spiritual traditions to a common ground. He will speak about “Interspirituality,” the common ground among differing spiritual traditions, on Thursday, May 26. On Thursday, June 9, Luis Polar Sr. will present an interactive talk, “Stories From Life,” in English and Spanish. Polar, originally from Peru and of Inca heritage, is a storyteller and motivational speaker. After experiencing many of life’s disappointments during a turbulent childhood and in the Peruvian military as a young man, he came to America in 1961. Speaking no English at the outset, he worked first as a dishwasher and a delivery boy, and eventually had a career in international sales and public speaking. He studied with some of the masters of motivational speaking, including national radio host and personal development pioneer Earl Nightengale.E-mail tglasenapp@coloradomtn.edu or call 947-8472 to reserve a seat.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com


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