Previous Speeches
and Presentations

Image above from TEDx Talk: How to Practice Politics with Music in Mind

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Public Speaking

  • AARP
  • Alta Community Enrichment
  • Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration: “Dancing in the Rain”
  • Association for Integrative Studies
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Center for Courage Renewal: “Politics of the Brokenhearted”
  • Center for Integrative Leadership, Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs
  • Central Utah Water Conservancy Board
  • Coalition for Utah’s Future
  • Community Transport Association
  • Congress of Planetary Initiatives
  • The Conservation Fund: “Gateway Communities: Keys to Success”
  • Denali National Park: “Designing for Community”
  • Dixie State College Dixie Forum
  • Entrada Institute, “Oral Histories and Songs of Zion Canyon”
  • Environment 2000 Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Great Old Broads for Wilderness
  • Hinckley Institute of Politics
  • Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
  • National Conservation Training Center
  • National Endowment for the Arts: “The American Canvas”
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • National Park Service’s River, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program
  • Nevada Arts Council
  • Parliament of the World’s Religions: “The Brahma Viharas”
  • Sierra Leadership Council
  • Snow College
  • Southern Utah University Convocations
  • State Departments of Agriculture
  • TEDx Talk: How to Practice Politics with Music in Mind
  • University of Utah
  • Utah Arts Council’s Governor Awards
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands
  • U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Forests and Public Land Management
  • Utah Department of Human Services
  • Utah Humanities Council’s Anniversary Gala
  • Utah Municipal Clerks Association
  • Utah Parks & Recreation Association
  • Utah Rural Summit
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Symposium on Science and Literature
  • Utah Travel Council
  • Utah Valley University
  • Yellowstone National Park: “Development at the Doorsteps of America’s Public Lands: How Planning Can Shape a Better Future”
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Western States Tourism Policy Council: “Beyond the Boundaries: Building Gateway Partnerships for the 21st Century”
  • The Wilderness Society

Academic Courses, Lectures and University/School Presentations

  • Tanner Humanities Center Town Hall:  “Creativity & Wellness” (2020)
  • Radical Quiet (University of Utah Honors College course, 2019-present)
  • The Fully Engaged Student: Awareness, Attention and Mindfulness in the 21st Century Classroom, HERU (Honors Education at Research Universities Conference, 2019)
  • Kindness (University of Utah Honors College course, 2018)
  • Opening the Mind’s Eye: Contemplative Practice and Higher Education (University of Utah Honors College Praxis Lab, with Joseph Metz, 2016-2017)
  • Keynote: Improvisation and Community Health, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2015)
  • Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa, Ecomusicologies 2014 Conference, University of North Carolina (2014)
  • Expressing the Brahma Viharas in Music and Practice, Interdisciplinary Symposium on Empathy, Contemplative Practice and Pedagogy, the Humanities and the Sciences, University of Utah (2014)
  • Honors Think Tank on Alzheimer’s Disease and Aging
    University of Utah (2012-2013)
  • Composing a Community, 16-week course
    University of Utah Honors College (2010-present)
  • Lecturer, Creative Visual Communication, University of Utah
  • Lecturer, Experiencing the Arts, Westminster College, Salt Lake City
  • Presentation, Roundout Valley Middle School, Accord, NY
  • Guest lecture, Master Class, Mentoring, Western Kentucky University
  • Presentation, Allen County Schools, Scottsville, KY
  • Convocation Speaker, Zion Canyon Song Cycle, Snow College, Ephraim, UT
  • Guest lecture, Oral History and Song, Symposium on Song
    Utah State University
  • Guest lecture, Lockdown, Dixie State College Forum
  • Guest lecture, Philosophy of Aesthetics, Utah State University
  • Guest lecture, Cow Sounds and Pitchers’ Mounds, Symposium on Song Utah State University
  • Convocation Speaker, Cow Sounds and Pitchers’ Mounds
    Utah Valley State College
  • Guest lecture, Master Class, Utah State University
  • Guest Lecture, Building Consensus in a Divided Community
    Community Organization, University of Utah College of Social Work
  • Guest Lecture, The Arts and Humanities: Three ‘I’s’ onto the World
  • Dixie Forum, Dixie State College, St. George, UT
  • Convocation Speaker, Cow Sounds and Pitchers’ Mounds
    General Assembly, Master Class, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
  • Presentation, Baseball, Ragtime and Community, Symphony School, St. Louis
  • Presentation, Baseball, Ragtime and Community, Crossroads School, St. Louis
  • Presentation, Refuge and the Music of Landscape
    Realms of Inquiry, Salt Lake City
  • Presentation, Refuge and the Music of Landscape
    Box Elder School, Brigham City, UT
  • Composing a Community: Citizenship in Concert, MUSE Project, University of Utah (2013)
  • The Pedagogy of Dialogue through Interdisciplinary Arts: From the College Classroom through Civic Engagement, Association for Integrative Studies, Grand Valley State University (2011)
  • Composing a Community: Collaborative Performance of a New Democracy, Dean’s Convocation, Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University (2011)
  • Composing a Community, Degrees to Anywhere: The Social Value of the Humanities, Utah Valley University (2011)
  • Transforming the Gavel into a Baton, Center for Integrative Leadership, University of Minnesota (2010)
  • The Big Bang: What Sound, Noise and Music Communicates, Utah Symposium in Science and Literature, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (2009)
  • Composing a Community: Humanities, Politics and the Music of Dialogue, Annual Conference of the Association for Integrative Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (2009)
  • Composing a Community: The Springdale Sonata, Utah Democracy Project, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT (2009)