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

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 she creates. With lyrical voices, these two respected writers ferret out major issues that deserve, merit, a very considered attention.

Feb. 17 to March 10 (four sessions) Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET

  • 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 Marmon Silko's Ceremony as the greatest novel of Native American literature.

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

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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 on the Tuition Support for Employees, Spouses, and Children at JHU webpage of Human Resources' Benefits & Worklife website.

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.

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