A memory submitted by Bryan Ellett, Class of 2002

Bill Barnard changed my life. Taking his “Intro to Primal Religions” opened my eyes to cultures that see the world in ways we can’t even imagine, magical worlds that are not always beholden to the “laws of the universe” that we in the West take as assumptions. He teaches with passion and fun. I took every class I could with him, finishing with a minor in Religious Studies that I never imagined pursuing until I entered his first class.

The enjoyment he has with the world was even more evident outside the classroom when, during a class in Taos, our volleyball team would take the sand court. He cheered with abandon!

I know he is a man who has explored the realms he teaches about, and I appreciate that our experience is paramount to his belief in a successful class.