• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l Nina Namaste l 10/28/2021

Nina Namaste shares on the theme "Dreaming". Nina shares about the connection between hope and dreaming amidst the pandemic. She introduces the quote, "Hay una solución para todo menos la muerte," meaning, "there is a solution to everything, except death" and uses it to display where meaning and purpose come to life as we continue to hope and dream.

Nina Namaste is a Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Elon University, NC. She teaches courses about food and identity formation in Spanish, genders and sexualities studies, and in the general studies curriculums at Elon, and has led two semester-long experiences abroad; all of her courses focus on interdisciplinarity and intercultural development, regardless of whether they are on or off-campus. Besides spending time trying to plan great courses and classes, improving her teaching, researching, writing articles, and reading anything she can get her hands on, she enjoys playing with her kids, having deep "big picture" conversations with her friends and family, going on hikes, cooking, and traveling whenever possible (sigh, Covid). For more, you can read her full bio at https://www.elon.edu/u/directory/profile/?user=nnamaste


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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