• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l Daniel Castillo '21 l 3/10/2022

Daniel Castillo shares about the power of dreaming and how to do so unapologetically. As a first-generation immigrant to the United States, Daniel implores us all to dream regardless of what the words others may say to us. He says to give yourself permission to not let other people's dreams overshadow yours or become yours.

Daniel Castillo graduated with the class of 2021 with a BS in Exercise Science. Now working as an Alumni Engagement Officer at Elon. Daniel immigrated to this country at a very young age from Costa Rica and has found that dreaming unapologetically has taken him the furthest. It is thanks to those who came before him and those who support him every day that he is unafraid of dreaming unapologetically. For more about Daniel, click here.


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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