In each age there are a few voices that rise up and shout with passion and insight. David Chamberlain comes to mind, Ashley Montagu, James Prescott, Jean Liedloff, of course Joseph Chilton Pearce, Suzanne Arms, Bev Bos, Ina May Gaskin, and there are others. These rare individuals awaken and inspire in us a resonate passion and insight. They give us hope.

Please join with me in celebrating Darcia Narvaez, professor of psychology in the Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and a fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives. Darcia has been named one of two winners of the first Expanded Reason Award for research. Narvaez is a contributing editor for Kindred as well as a board of director’s member of Kindred’s award-winning parent nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living. Her book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, was chosen from among more than 360 total entries from 170 universities and 30 countries. Darcia accepted the award at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City on September 27.

Darcia and I explored her book and much more at a conference she organized at Notre Dame.

Please see the expanded applause from Kindred.

In celebration,

Michael Mendizza