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Enlightened Living Days

Enlightened Living Days 2024

Each year, the University of Charleston offers its community a visionary agenda focused on the betterment of society. It is held to honor the university’s commitment to its mission – particularly its pillar of enlightened living – and offers students and community members an opportunity to participate in workshops, discussions, and other programs to help empower them to become better citizens.

Enlightened Living

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On Monday, January 15, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with several opportunities to come together.  Our very special guest, Carri Twigg, will engage in a fireside chat with UC students in the auditorium. Ms. Twigg is co-founder and Head of Development for Culture House. She will join Provost Dan Silber to discuss the legacy of Dr. King, current issues related to identity and contemporary culture, and the ways the choices we make shape our identities.

A special lunch will follow, and students will participate in table discussions. Beckley and online staff can participate in a special Zoom session.

At 5:00 p.m., there will be a Unity Walk and Reflection ceremony beginning at the Innovation Center.

On Tuesday, January 16, and Wednesday, January 17 we begin to learn more about “Celebrating our Similarities and Differences” with two days of special events. These events will include special lunches, seminars on disabilities and diversity, creating poetry, yoga classes, and the history of the art of henna. This programming is designed to honor the university’s mission of educating students for “a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement” and to help the UC campus community learn about important issues, foster compassion, and deepen connections to others.