Andrew Forsthoefel – Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time

forsthoefel“Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time”
Andrew Forsthoefel, Author & Adventurer

Friday, November 3, 2017 – 7:30 PM
Lillie Auditorium
Lectures are free and open to the public.

Lecture Abstract:

Listening is not a natural function that everyone is born with, nor is it a rare, God-given talent. It is, in fact, an artful skill that must be learned by committed practice. Although the fruits of this practice are rich, the practice itself is subtle, and indeed, listening has become an endangered experience in America today. Without earnest, faithful listening exercised by the individual and the collective, there can be no penetrating understanding of self, other, and everything that flows between the two. Listening is a transformational medicine and technology, and it is available—indeed demanded—at all times, from one moment to the next, in our personal and professional lives. How would our world change if we all listened first? What does it take to become a trustworthy listener? Where do we begin?

Andrew Forsthoefel speaks to these questions in an evening of storytelling and discussion, drawing from his 2011 walk across America, the beginning of his apprenticeship to the discipline of listening.

Andrew Forsthoefel is a speaker, peace activist, and the author of the book Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time (Bloomsbury, 2017). His narrative work has appeared on This American Life and The Moth, and he teaches walking and listening as practices in connective presence, personal transformation, and conflict resolution. He lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.