WMU News

Anthropologist, author to speak at annual dinner

Oct. 5, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A well-known anthropologist will be the featured speaker at the Western Michigan University Holistic Health Care Program's 20th anniversary dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Dr. Angeles Arrien, who also is an award-winning author, will present a talk titled "What's Love Got to Do with It?" The event, at The Birches, 3082 S. Ninth St., will begin with registration at 5:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

In addition to her work as an anthropologist and author, Arrien is an educator and corporate consultant. Her books include "Four-Fold Way," "Signs of Life," which won the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award, and "Nine Muses: a Mythological Path to Creativity." Her work with multicultural issues and conflict resolution has been used by the International Human Rights Commission and the World Indigenous Council.

The dinner also will include a retirement ceremony for Dr. Molly Vass-Lehman, associate professor of community health services, as well as a poetry reading by Mark Nepo.

Vass-Lehman came to WMU in 1985 to direct the holistic health care program, leading it for 17 of its 20 years in existence.

Nepo is a program officer and poet-in-residence for the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo. He is the author of several books, including "The Book of Awakening," "Acre of Light," and "God, the Maker of the Bed, and the Painter, Unlearning Back to God."

The dinner will be a buffet including vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for community members and alumni. Tickets after Oct. 10 are $30.

For more information or to make reservations, call (269) 387-3556.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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