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This interview was conducted with Alec Butterfield in Kite’s Nest in Hudson, NY on June 15, 2019. Alec is a 29-year-old resident of the Hudson Valley who spent his Childhood in “The City” (New York City). He is a yoga practitioner/instructor, chess player/teacher, and family case worker. Alec speaks of his love for children and his work with the Taconic Hills Central School District, along with his relationship with the Hudson Valley region. His passions for chess, making music, and yoga are all delved into. A major theme throughout this interview is his existentialism, along with his reckoning with himself and the world around him. Committed to self-growth and cultivating consciousness, Alec takes us through his journey of self-actualization and discovery, with his semester abroad in India serving as a significant point in his life.
This interview might be of interest for those who want to learn more about yoga, identity, existentialism, psychology, cultural awareness, nihilism.
Allie Fischgrund is a recent graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in anthropology. She is interested in collective memory, social movements, and identity formation. She hopes to create space for others to tell stories which help to transform our understandings of our present systems and to cultivate justice.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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