Kirk Everist

Kirk Andrew Everist has sometimes described himself as a Fallen Radical Anarchist Gnostic Lutheran (FRAGL) but more often and more recently as a prophet of the Church of Improv, in which he has served as a coach and performer for over twenty years. Dr. Everist holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from the University of California, and was recently tenured at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he directs and teaches theatre studies. He has presented at Starwood before on polyamory, theatre, improvisation, and Pagan-Christian dialogue.

More Than Lovers: The Polyamory Paradigm

Polyamory can describe more than a lifestyle with multiple sexual partners, or a system for 21st century relationships. As a way of looking at the world, it also provides tools for building and maintaining multiple commitments. Careers, children, family, on-line life, close friendships, sexual intimacy - all involve negotiations for time and energy, particularly with primary partners. How can polyamory as a world view provide language and models for navigating difficult transitions, shifting goals, and competing needs? This presentation and discussion of polyamory as a paradigm explores not only lovers, but the other beloved flowers in the bouquet.

The Art of Memory: Memes and Mnemotechnics

The classical and medieval art of spatial mnemotechnics - which has been called the Art of Memory - uses a combination of story, space, and striking imagery to create a powerful system for processing information. In essence, the user imagines a personal space inside her head, and populates it with emotionally charged images associated with the ideas, words, or experiences she wishes to remember. In this workshop, Dr. Everist will present the basic tools used in the Art of Memory, and discuss their implications and applications in our reference-rich, postmodern age of information.

















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