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The On Being Dinners: “Tending Joy and Practicing Delight” with Ross Gay

Date: 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST March 4 Location: Templeton Campus Center, The Bon

  • The On Being Dinners

Templeton Campus Center, The Bon

Listen to an On Being podcast by Krista Tippett beforehand, and then gather to discuss “the big questions” raised over dinner. Hilary Martin Himan from the Office of Spiritual Life will facilitate. Students, staff, and faculty are all invited for a small table discussion at the Bon (Fields Dining Hall) from 5-6pm.

On Wed. March 4 we’ll discuss questions raised by Krista Tippett’s interview titled “Tending Joy and Practicing Delight” with Ross Gay.

From Krista Tippet at
“There is a question floating around the world right now: “How can we be joyful in a moment like this?” To which writer Ross Gay responds: “How can we not be joyful, especially in a moment like this?” He says joy has nothing to do with ease and “everything to do with the fact that we’re all going to die.” The ephemeral nature of our being allows him to find delight in all sorts of places (especially his community garden). To be with Ross Gay is to train your gaze to see the wonderful alongside the terrible, to attend to and meditate on what you love, even in the work of justice.”

Ross Gay is a writer and a professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington. His books include the poetry collection Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a book of essays, The Book of Delights. He is a board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard and a co-founder of The Tenderness Project.

Event Cost

Free, but if you don’t have a meal plan you will need to purchase your dinner to access Fields Dining Hall.

Event Contact

Hilary Martin Himan
Office of Spiritual Life

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