By Kaitlyn Waters, Photographer
During his visit to Warren Wilson, Gustavo Esteva spoke to students about topics that ranged from the Zapatista movement to how we can begin to encounter our own spirituality and sense of self as it lies within others. Señor Esteva was born in 1936 in Mexico City and was the founder of the Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca. He has also published dozens of books as well as hundreds of essays in a plethora of languages. In one class presentation, Señor Esteva delivered his talk in Spanish, discussing the Zapatista movement and how grassroot organizations make changes that– when unified– can affect the entire global community. In another class presentation, Señor Esteva discussed the notion that we as humans are ruled by the future and asked the question, “how can you describe the limits of your individual being?” In his presentation in Canon Lounge, Señor Esteva underlined the need for an end of the patriarchal and capitalist society in which we live in order to better ourselves as a people.Many students who listened to Señor Estava’s presentations, either in classes or in Canon Lounge, found his lectures thought-provoking and intellectually engaging. For myself, it was an amazing experience to be able to listen to him speak to the Warren Wilson community.