Win a copy of 'The Ragged Edge of Silence' by visiting professor John Francis

January 18, 2012

John Francis, a Nelson Institute visiting associate professor of environmental studies, has just released his second book, The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World.

The Ragged Edge of Silence

The book forms a tapestry of questions and answers woven from interviews, stories, personal experience, science, and the power of silence through history, including practice by Native American, Hindu, and Buddhist cultures. Through their time-honored traditions and his own experience of communicating silently for 17 years, Francis lays the groundwork for the reader to build constructive silence into everyday life: to learn more about oneself, to set goals and accomplish dreams, to build strong relationships, and to appreciate and be a steward of the Earth.

In advance of a free public lecture by Francis on Jan. 26 (7-9 p.m. in the Memorial Union Play Circle), the Nelson Institute is giving away two signed copies of The Ragged Edge of Silence. To enter, simply follow the two steps below.

Entries must be received by no later than 4:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Two winners (of one book each) will be randomly selected and notified by email shortly thereafter.

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