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INFORMATION ABOUT PROGRAMS I GIVE, CLASSES I TEACH, AND PODCAST INTERVIEWS

 

 

If your organization is looking for a speaker, workshop leader, or a memoir writing instructor, please contact me at jeffrasley@gmail.com or go to midsummer books.

 

I've written 14 books and over 90 articles covering a wide and eclectic range of topics and genres, including politics, sports, romance, philanthropy, adventure travel, and the craft of memoir writing. I've been a featured guest on over 150 radio/TV/podcast shows. I have taught an Honors Program course at Butler and Marian Universities about the philosophy of philanthropy, as well as classes on nonfiction writing at Indiana Writers Center and the culture of Nepal for the IUPUI Continuing Ed Program and Oasis.

 

                                                                      

Examples of student responses:

You are a great coach and I am lucky to have you helping me fulfill a goal. JG

Thank you for conducting an excellent workshop on Saturday. I'm encouraged and am more in tune with the point and purpose of my memoir and have more options of how to write it. JV

I am indebted to you. Attending your memoir writing class and having those first couple of meetings at the library really pushed me to see this through to the finish line. SJ

You taught me not to fear and I had a story to tell. Now, I'm teaching a memoir workshop for ...  CE

He was really good at leading discussions that forced me to think deeply and in ways I previously had not. He was very approachable and I appreciate his humor and kindness towards students and overall passion and dedication for what he does. BU student evaluation

 

Professor Rasley was awesome. I loved how personal his connection to the philanthropic world was and his personal experiences were incredible to learn about and apply to the situation. His use of the text and discussion based format is great and I really liked him as a person. His humor and personality made Thursday much more interesting and I loved having him! BU student evaluation

 

Example of a TED Talk I gave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XopqG_xj7j4  (at Fishers High School)

Examples of live-streamed video interviews:

https://rumble.com/v2wqs76-mission-evolution-with-gwilda-wiyaka-interviews-jeff-rasley-making-a-differ.html Mission Evolution with Gwilday Wiyaka, "Making a Difference"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVm-d2BQvqk Write or Die Show about mental health and dealing with depression and the suicide of close friends, and 72 Wisdoms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpCcpdnTJXo Grief, Rebirth + Healing Podcast

https://youtu.be/3fk48TTMwQo Author Groupie, includes short reading from Anarchist, Republican... Assassin

https://www.facebook.com/TheGeorgeEspenlaubShow/videos/1575259769282278/ Interview about philanthropy, writing, and You Have to Get Lost before You Can Be Found

 

Sample Podcasts & Radio Guest Interviews: 

 

A podcast on the Superpower Network about how to live a meaningful life based on the book 72 Wisdoms https://superpowerexperts.com/sps-how-to-live-a-meaningful-life/

 

A conversation about finding meaning through solitary physical and spiritual disciplines combined with community involvement on Super Power Experts https://superpowerexperts.com/hfh-soul-travels-to-connect-to-the-akasha/

 

A podcast with J.A. Plosker about personal-spiritual growth on The Nobody Guide to Life show  https://www.japlosker.com/e58-trekking-tragedy-true-giving-philanthrotrekker-jeff-rasley/

 

Talk with Diana Todd-Banks in Queensland, Australia about the inspiration for my first Himalayan trek and first book http://maturepreneurstalk.libsyn.com/jeff-rasley-talks-about-the-intriguing-cure-he-took-for-his-mid-life-crisis-to-take-a-hike-on-the-other-side-of-the-world-combine-adventure-travel-with-culturally-sensitive-development-work-in-remote-himalayan-villages-mature-preneurs-talk

 

Interview on NPR-WFYI about teaching Memoir Writing  https://www.wfyi.org/programs/the-art-of-the-matter/radio/Yelp-The-Indianapolis-Symphonic-Choir-The-Indiana-Writers-Center-Game-Of-Clones-and-Cat-Head-Press

 

The Humanist Hour:  Jeff Rasley on Being Godless and Living a Valuable Life beyond Beliefs  https://thehumanist.com/multimedia/podcast/the-humanist-hour-133-jeff-rasely-on-being-godless-and-living-a-valuable-life-beyond-beliefs

 

I was a guest on Russell Sureth's show, "Spiritual Fizz", to talk about the contrasting cultures of the US & Nepal, and how we work, play, and engage in spirituality differently. http://spiritualfizz.libsyn.com/mount-kilimanjaro-jeff-rasley-talking-trees

 

Britany Felix did a 2-episode podcast with me on her Living Unconventionally show about unconventional travel and the creation of the Basa Village Foundation:  From Hitchhiking the U.S. to Hiking the Himalayas Part 1 http://livingunconventionally.com/from-hitchhiking-the-u-s-to-hiking-the-himalayas-part-1/  From Hitchhiking the US to Hiking the Himalayas Part 2  http://livingunconventionally.com/hitchhiking-us-hiking-himalayas-part-2/
 

Interview on "Different Strokes" talking with host David Clarke about what makes a real hero, skeptical agnosticism and spirituality, the great American philosophy of pragmatism, and the mission of the Basa Village foundation to engage in culturally sensitive development in Basa Nepal:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authordavidclarke/2016/08/11/jeff-rasley-will-talk-about-the-making-of-a-hero-and-his-journey

 

Discussion with Billy Powell on "Keeping the Nostalgia Alive":  "Author Jeff Rasley joins us to discuss his book on Goshen native, Indiana All-Star, and Indiana University basketball Hoosier - John Ritter. What an amazing and informative read. Don't you sometimes hear a name and wonder what became of them?"  https://keepingthenostalgiaalive.podbean.com/e/author-jeff-rasley-joins-us-to-discuss-his-book-on-indiana-native-all-star-and-hoosier-john-ritter/?token=4950226ef1bed01277d438b0fdf3c227

 

Can the Church and Religions remain relevant in an increasingly secular culture? Points of Inquiry Aussie interviewer talks with author Jeff Rasley about why "beliefs divide us while values unite us":  http://www.pointofinquiry.org/the_benefits_of_religion_without_the_belief_with_jeff_rasely/

 

Podcast of The Bucket List Life with Kenyon Salo about "philanthro-trekking" and living life as an adventure:  https://thebucketlistlife.com/55-the-quest-for-adventure-through-philanthropy-with-author-jeff-rasley/

 

"Authors Talk About It" podcast/interview with Janelle Alex at  http://authorstalkaboutit.com/godless-living-valuable-life-beyond-beliefs/#comment-25

 

Podcast of "Quaker-Author" Jeff Rasley interviewed by atheist Rod Moore about the decline of organized religion in the US and the future of the Church https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jHdam_W4zM

 

Why I traded in a 3-piece suit and briefcase for an ice axe & crampons - and founded the Basa Village Foundation USA http://livingunconventionally.com/hitchhiking-us-hiking-himalayas-part-2/

 

Examples of guest blogs:

Writers Connect guest blog about memoir writing https://writers-connection.com/memoir-writing-turning-journaling-into-publishable-articles-2/

Cross-Country Road Trip During the Pandemic 

http://aroundtheworldblog.blogspot.com/2020/04/a-cross-country-car-road-trip-during.html

Conscious Discussions Blogspot, guest blog/interview with Dave & Lillian Brummett at http://consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com/ 

Bucket List Travel Club "You have to get lost before you can be found" at

http://www.bucketlisttc.com/lost-found-pikey-base-camp/ part1

http://www.bucketlisttc.com/lost-found-buddi-arrows-changing-footprints part 2

 

 

 

        

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