Gary Snyder and Leslie Marmon Silko: Magical, Earthbound Voices for Our Time

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February 17. 2022 - March 10, 2022 (4 Sessions)
Thursdays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET

Gary Snyder is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, devoted Zen practitioner, nature writer, and environmental activist.   Within his work, Snyder blends his Zen Buddhist vision and practice and earthly wisdom with his love of place and the wild to question and illuminate what human qualities are necessary not only to survive but also to flourish during our residence on earth.  Leslie Marmon Silko, of mixed ancestry, has spent the majority of her life on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation.  She portrays life by adjusting various cultural lenses, much as do the characters which she creates. With lyrical voices, these two respected writers ferret out major issues which deserve, merit, a very considered attention.

Classes One and Two:  The Practice of the Wild by Gary Snyder. Nine of Snyder’s evocative essays, collected from different parts of his life, form his work The Practice of the Wild.

Classes Three and Four:  Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. Many critics, if not the majority, portray Leslie Mormon’s Silko’s Ceremony as the greatest novel of Native American Literature.

Short meditation practices and short writing exercises will be part of this class.

Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission Policies

Current and retired full-time Johns Hopkins faculty and staff, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, are eligible for tuition remission. Eligibility details can be found here.

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates. All other participants should review the JHAA Event Cancellation and Refund Policy


ABOUT Jerry Webster

Jerry Webster, Ph. D., (Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland) has taught numerous courses in literature for the U. of MD. and in multiculturalism for Montgomery County Public Schools (MD).  He has taught English full-time in public school systems for forty years.  He served as the Shastri, or head teacher, for the Shambhala Buddhist Center in Washington, D.C. for 10 years until he retired in 2020.  He teaches regularly for the Johns Hopkins Odyssey Program, as well as the D. C. Politics & Prose Bookstore,  the Frederick Community College ILR Program, and the D.C. Shambhala Buddhist Center.  

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 Event Date
Thursday, February 17, 2022
6:30pm EDT

Thursday, March 10, 2022

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