More about Kirk Nugent

Motivational speaker Kirk Nugent.

Kirk Nugent, a poet and prominent motivational speaker, facilitates a Bates symposium on March 2 that will show students how knowledge about identity and difference can be put into practice in the workaday world.

Beyond Intellectual Profit: Using Classroom Knowledge in the Workplace takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, in Rooms 221-222 of New Commons, 136 Central Ave. The public is invited to attend at no cost.

Other symposium presenters include Bates alumni; Bates staff; and representatives from local businesses and nonprofits. The symposium comprises four discussions: a panel about how employers deal with difference in the workplace; a lunchtime session about connections between coursework and the workplace; a look at how theoretical concepts inform professional work; and a panel with Bates staff describing how they integrate discussions of difference into their jobs.

To register for any or all of the sessions, please visit the website. For more information, please call Pickens at 207-753-6963.

Nugent, an award-winning poet, is known for advancing the ideal that all individuals are united by the right to chase their dreams, and for challenging preconceived notions about success and self-actualization.

Nugent started public speaking as a poet, in venues where he delivered incisive views about social and political issues with infectious wit and frenetic energy. He has spoken across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.

Supporting his public presentations, Nugent has written the books The Unpopular Truth and I Need You to Remember, and produced the CD set Pursue Your Passion.