Harper to Speak About Diversity in IDEAS Lecture Series

JoAnna Harper will speak about diversity as part of Allegheny’s ongoing IDEAS Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Quigley Hall. The event, hosted by the college’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Social Justice (IDEAS) Center, is free and open to the public.

Harper is a teacher with a focus on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation. She teaches adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, daylong and weekly classes, and works with both at-risk and non-at risk youth in institutional and school settings. Of particular priority is building multicultural communities and helping communities and individuals who don’t typically have access to the traditional dharma settings.

Harper’s talk is part of Allegheny’s Year of Mindfulness, a series of events and a challenge to the campus community to live this year with mindfulness and intention. For more information about the Year of Mindfulness and other upcoming events, visit www.allegheny.edu/yearofmindfulness.

Future speakers in the IDEAS Lecture Series include Liliana Rodriguez on equity in higher education, on Jan. 26; Rosanna Reyes on increasing access to higher education, on Feb. 16; and Andrea Ritchie on the meaning of social justice, on March 9. All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. in Quigley Hall auditorium.