This course will share the life, wisdom, teachings, and cultural significance of the American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert (1931-2019). Students will learn about skills that this seminal leader popularized and pioneered in the West: self-care, service, spirituality, yoga practice, mindfulness, coping with uncertainty, and quality time at end of life. Building on the instructor's direct experiences with Ram Dass, the course will show how Ram Dass’s teachings evolved since the publication of his still popular book "Be Here Now." There will be two guest teachers: Sitaram Dass was a caregiver of Ram Dass's at his home in Maui. He will share his experience and his integration of Ram Dass's teachings in his life. Sylver Quevedo, MD, a former codirector of Duke Integrative Medicine and an expert in contemporary scientific psychedelic research, will speak of Richard Alpert’s research and his own research featured recently in the "New York Times." | Lecture + Q&A.