Sofia University Highlights Community Art Exhibit as Part of Inauguration Events

Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 03, 2012

Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) has announced a Community Art Exhibit as one of the premiere events to celebrate the inauguration of President Neal King, Ph.D. The exhibit includes an open house and reception, as well as a performing arts segment led by Judy Grahn.

Judy Grahn is an internationally acclaimed poet, writer, social theorist and LGBTQ activist, as well as professor and program chair of the Womens Spirituality program at Sofia University. Her work, which includes, “Edward the Dyke and Other Poems” and “Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World” underpins several movements including gay, lesbian and queer; feminist/woman-centered; and womens spirituality. Grahn also collaborates with other artists such as singer-songwriter Anne Carol Mitchell and dancer and choreographer Anne Blethenthal. She has been a recipient of the Lambda Literary Award, American Book Award, American Library Award and Founding Foremothers of Womens Spirituality Award.

The theme of the Community Art Exhibit will be diversity in all forms. Artwork submitted by Sofia University students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other members of the community will be on display and the public is invited to attend. Artwork will include visual art (sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media) and performing art such as music and dance. The Community Art Exhibit is part of a series of events open to the public over a three-day period. Inauguration events will start on Wednesday, October 17th and lead up to the official Inauguration Ceremony on Friday, October 19th.

Neal King, Ph.D., is the first president of Sofia University. King also currently serves as President of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) and is a founding member of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education. He also serves on the Executive Board of California Campus Compact.

For a full schedule of inauguration events and times, please visit:

About Sofia University

Founded in 1975, Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) is a private, non-sectarian university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For over 35 years, within the context of scholarship and research, the school has offered transformative education for the whole person, probing the mind, body, spirit connection. As Sofia University, the school is broadening its mission, reaching into multiple disciplines and adding undergraduate study. For more information, visit


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