Burian University-Community Lecture Series

2019 Lecture

Mark Nepo
February 21, 2019 | 7 p.m. | 2452 Knauss Hall, WMU

In this talk, More Together Than Alone: The Power and Spirit of Community, Mark will explore the heartwork required to inhabit our lives by engaging our ongoing relationships to self, other, work, community and source. The integrity of our heartwork depends on integrating who we are with what we do. Regardless of the service we’re called to, the central questions have always been: How will we inhabit our time on Earth? How can we live fully alone and together? How will we know and be known? How do we hold each other as we tumble along in the story of our lives? How will we care for each other in the face of crisis?

Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published twenty books and recorded fourteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100. In 2017 Mark became a regular columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine.

About the series

Dr. Bill Burian, founding dean of WMU's College of Health and Human Services, believed in a global health and human services community. To honor his legacy, WMU and CHHS established the Burian University-Community Lecture Series in 1989.

The Bill Burian University-Community Lecture Series focuses on community and educational issues in the health and human services from a problem-solving perspective. It brings together students, faculty, community professionals and service providers, and the citizens of southwest Michigan to interact with leaders of national stature. The endowed lecture series emphasizes the qualities of health and human services that were the essence of Bill Burian's mission:

  • Preparing leaders who understand their professional tasks in a context that embraces the wholeness, beauty and challenges of life.
  • Fostering multidisciplinary education within the college, with other university colleges and with the professional communities.
  • Contributing to the quality of health and human services in West Michigan, our state and our nation through instructional programs, research and community services.
  • Encouraging a comprehensive service system that is responsible to all citizens.