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In this course you will be reading from a modern classic by Wes “Scoop” Nisker called “The Essential Crazy Wisdom.” The book has been called “deeply wise...wonderfully insightful, and delightfully humorous (“The Utne Reader”). The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder said of the book: “Ah, the foolishness of the real. This is good medicine.”

“Crazy wisdom,” says Nisker, “loves paradox and puns and pie fights and laughing at politicians.” And further, “In spite of our bumbling and often cruel ways, crazy wisdom has great love and compassion for humanity...and presents us with the bigger picture, and with ways to step lightly through it.”

Nisker’s book is an international mix of psychology, literature, sci- ence, philosophy, and popular culture, with excerpts from the writings of such “crazy visionaries” as the Buddha, Lao-Tzu, Rumi, St. Francis of Assisi, Albert Camus, Oscar Wilde, Pablo Neruda, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Parker, Will Rogers, Thomas Merton, Joyce Carol Oates, and Lily Tomlin.

Note to those who register for the course: if possible, please read through page 26 before the first class meeting.

Your instructor Dave Evans was born and raised in Sioux City. Dave graduated from Leeds High School and began college on a football scholarship. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. For 39 years, he was a professor of English at South Dakota State University. The author of nine books of poetry, his poetry and other writings have been published in numerous magazines and in over 80 anthologies. He has won numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bush Artist Foundation. In 2009 he received the South Dakota Governor’s Award for Creative Achievement in the Arts. He was a Fulbright Scholar to China twice and poet laureate of South Dakota for 12 years.

: Advanced Sciences Building, Wells Fargo Room, Room L110, Entrance 14, Parking Lot 4
Fee: $40 (Does NOT include cost of book for class.)
Max: 25 / Min: 6
Lifelong Learning membership required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2890-01 


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