About the Speakers
Mike Daisey, hailed as a â€œmaster storytellerâ€ and â€œone of the finest solo performers of his generationâ€ by the New York Times, is one of Americaâ€™s preeminent monologists. He is well known for his provocative theatrical works that combine the political and the personal, weaving together secret histories with hilarity and heart. He is currently at work on a new book, Here at the End of Empire, which will be published next year.
Thom Knoles (Maharishi Vyasananda) is a master-teacher of Vedic meditation. After basing himself in Australia, Knoles became an acclaimed teacher of yoga and meditation before the age of twenty. He received an honorary doctorate from the Maharishi European Research University (MERU), a post-graduate neuroscience-and-consciousness research institute based in Switzerland, and quickly became a sought-after public speaker and educator, consulting more than forty top corporations and federal and state governments in Australia and abroad as well as government-funded meditation programs in prisons in Australia and in the United States. In the last decade Knoles began teaching widely in the United States in addition to continuing his teacher training programs in India. This is his second appearance at the Rubin Museum.