• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l Catherine Stallsmith '22 l 10/21/2021

Catherine Stallsmith '22 shares on the theme "Dreaming". Stallsmith shares about her experiences at Elon through the pandemic and how her dreams have changed.

Catherine Stallsmith is a senior who lives in Oxford, NC. She majors in Political Science and International & Global Studies and is a Periclean Scholar. Catherine works here at the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, is a tour guide, and leads worship for LEAF, an inclusive Christian community on campus. If she's not at the front desk here, you can find her playing guitar, going on drives to nowhere, or in her apartment watching New Girl with her roommates.


Our Numen Lumen theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the idea of dreaming. “Dreaming” will push our community to traverse the passive and active forms that dreaming takes in our lives. Speakers will explore the literal and figurative series of images, ideas, sensations, and emotions in the mind and through their work.

We ask speakers to ponder where reality and dreaming meet, what form dreaming takes in their everyday lives, and how dreaming directs their pathway. Can dreaming be a productive form of activism? Is dreaming strictly forward-thinking, or can it exist without time restraints? Is dreaming simply an involuntary experience? How may dreaming be dangerous, or irresponsible in the face of real-world issues? Or, where can it be a useful instrument? What are the burdens of dreaming? What or who makes you dream?

We encourage you to share your thoughts and responses to our speaker in the comment section below!

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