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We, as a society of peoples, need self-reflection as a form of finding ourselves. The humanities showcase our artistic and cultural richness, while creating understandings of our diverse heritage. As Washingtonians’ lives become more complex and society spends less time in reflection, we need to bring our diverse people together in harmony through exploration of the past, culture, race, and religion. There is no better way to experience life than through the humanities.

Greg Bever
Publisher, Spokane Journal of Business
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Gloria Burgess

"It Takes a Village: Sparks of Light"

It Takes a Village: Sparks of Light

Gloria BurgessMost of us want to make a positive difference in our world. But sometimes we lose heart, unsure how much of an impact one person can really make. Writer and educator Gloria Burgess will lead an interactive group conversation on the power one person’s actions can have. She will anchor the presentation with individual examples of everyday citizens who’ve been affected by the generosity of other members of their communities. Burgess will share her family’s life-changing encounter with one of the “villagers” in her hometown – Nobel laureate William Faulkner. Burgess will invite the audience to join her in the conversation by recalling some of the “villagers” who have made a difference in their lives. And she’ll discuss how we might act – individually and collectively – to make a difference with what we have and where we are, every single day.

 

About Gloria Burgess

As a writer, educator and community builder, Gloria Burgess gathers stories about kindness, generosity, helping others and belonging – the very essence of what we mean by “it takes a village.” Burgess has more than 30 years of experience as a public speaker, facilitator and educator. She has facilitated conversations for extremely diverse audiences, including corporations, healthcare providers, philanthropic organizations, church and youth groups and rural communities and villages on four continents. Burgess has worked with crowds of a variety of sizes, from intimate groups of 4 to 10 to groups of more than 1000.

Burgess currently lives in Edmonds.

For more information on how to book a speaker, please contact Zaki Abdelhamid at (206) 682-1770 x102 or by email.

 

2012-14 Speakers Bureau: Gloria Burgess from Humanities Washington on Vimeo.

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