Wellbeing Experience with Dessa and Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer

Friday, November 16, 2018 

5-7 PM: Enjoy a festival with food available for purchase, music, interactive wellbeing activities, therapy animals, and more.

7-9 PM: Program will feature international wellbeing expert and Center Director Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, and Minneapolis-based performer and author Dessa. There will also be an interactive Q&A moderated by MPR's Kate Moos.

Carlson Family Stage at Northrop 
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

$30    General Public
$10    Students

More details coming soon!


A list of sponsors will soon be announced.

DessaDessa is a rapper, singer, and essayist who earns her living on the road. She’s performed around the world at opera houses, rock clubs, and sometimes standing on barroom tables. Her imaginative writing and ferocious stage presence have been praised by NPR, Forbes, Billboard, the Chicago Tribune, and the LA Times. As a musician, she’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 as a solo artist; a member of the Doomtree collective; and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. She’s been published by the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the StarTribuneMinnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has written two short collections of poetry and essays. Her first hardcover literary collection titled My Own Devices (Dutton Books) will be out in September 2018. She splits her time between Manhattan, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit.

Mary JoMary Jo Kreitzer PhD, RN, FAAN is the founder and director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, where she also serves as a tenured professor in the School of Nursing. Within the School of Nursing, Dr. Kreitzer is the co-lead of the doctorate of nursing practice program in integrative health and healing. She has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of numerous clinical trials focusing on mindfulness meditation with persons with chronic disease including studies focusing on solid organ transplant, cardiovascular disease, chronic insomnia, diabetes, and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Current studies include the role of mindfulness in improving human brain-computer interface; the use of social technology to enhance healing and wellbeing; nursing leadership in integrative health and healing; and mindful movement for physical activity and wellbeing in older adults. Dr. Kreitzer regularly presents to practitioner and public audiences as well as at academic and healthcare conferences locally and around the world. She has authored more than 150 publications, and is the co-editor of the text Integrative Nursing published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. The second edition of Integrative Nursing will be published in 2018.