Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture


2017 Speaker: Chungliang Al Huang

May 16, 2017 • 4 pm • Best Buy Theater in Northrop Auditorium

Join us for the 26th Annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture, featuring Chungliang Al Huang.

Huang is a highly regarded authority of Tai Ji, Taoism and related disciplines. He is the best-selling author of books on mind/body/spirit integration and a highly-regarded artist and performer. He was born in China where he was immersed in the traditional study of Tai Ji, kung fu, calligraphy, and classic Chinese scholarly arts. In 1949, after the communist revolution, his family fled mainland China for Taiwan where he continued his studies. Huang came to the U.S. in 1955 as a university student. His intuitive knowledge of the ancient wisdom and rich traditions of his native China led to early collaborations with thought leaders Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, John Blofeld and Huston Smith.

A popular and in-demand speaker at conferences and workshops, he first returned to China in 1982 as a consultant to prominent American business groups.

A celebrated author, Chungliang Al Huang has a number of best-selling books to his credit. These include the classic “Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji” which has been translated into 14 languages and is now in its 35th year of publication. Other popular titles include “Essential Tai Ji”, “Quantum Soup” and “The Chinese Book of Animal Powers”. Huang is co-author of “Tao: The Watercourse Way” with Alan Watts and a series of books with Jerry Lynch on sports/body/mind training such as “Thinking Body, Dancing Mind” and “The Way of the Champion”. Huang’s life, varied career and scholarly pursuits have taken him around the globe. From the renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, to the world's major capitals, he shares the stage with such luminaries as HH Dalai Lama.

He has been a keynote speaker at major world gatherings in China, India, Switzerland, Germany, South America, South Africa, and Bali. In 1988, he was a featured presenter in the inaugural segment of the PBS series, “World of Ideas” moderated by Bill Moyers.


  • Date: May 16, 2017
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Location: Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium
  • Ticket Cost: General public $15, UMN Students may attend free
  • Tickets will be on sale soon; for more information or to receive early notification when tickets open, please contact Desirae.


About the Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture

Each year the Center brings a world-renowned leader in mind-body medicine to the Twin Cities metro to talk about topics at the forefront in integrative health and wellness. Usually held in April, these well-attended and inspiring programs are made possible through a generous gift from Ruth Stricker. The Annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture is produced by the Center for Spirituality & Healing and co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Henry L. Taylor Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement and the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development. 

About Ruth Stricker

As founder and executive director of The Marsh: A Center for Balance and Fitness in Minnetonka, Stricker is a pioneer and international spokesperson for the mind-body connection. With a global viewpoint, Ruth fully integrates Eastern and Western philosophies into her professional and personal life, her theme being, “the resiliency of the human spirit” and how it enables us to find a sense of wellbeing in our lives... that our challenge is to be emotionally resilient and physically healthy to handle change and stress. Ruth has been a master of mind-body balance for more than 50 years. She champions the conviction that “perseverance is not a long race but many short races, one after another.” Ruth is a mentor to many who share her philosophy.

Previous Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecturers

2016: Rudy Tanzi, PhD "Super Brain and Super Genes: The Road to Radical Wellbeing"

2015: Dacher Keitner, PhD "Survival of the Kindest: A New Science of Compassion"

2014: Kelly McGonigal, PhD "The Willpower Instinct and The Neuroscience of Change"

2013: Steven Southwick, MD "Bouncing Back: How Science Informs Resilience"

2012: Esther Sternberg, MD "Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing"

2011: Stuart Brown, MD "The Neuroscience of Play"

2010: Jacqueline Olds "Exploring the Importance of Human Connections to Our Health and Wellness"

2009: Peter Whitehouse "Positive Aging Across the Lifespan: Myths About Alzheimer's Disease and How to Create Healthier Intergenerational Stories of Brain Aging"

2008: Matthieu Ricard "Train Your Mind change Your Brain: Cultivating the Inner Conditions for Genuine Happiness

2007: Dr. James Lynch "The Mind is the Teacher of the Soul but the Body is its Book

2006: Dr. Mimi Guarneri "Integrative Approaches to Cardiovascular Disease

2005: Richard Leider "Mindful Aging: Claiming Your Place at the Fire"

2004: Martin Seligman "Positive Psychology, Health and Well-Being"

2003: Dr. Michael Lerner " Why Personal & Environment Health are Inseparable in the 21st Century"

2002: Jean Achterberg "Frontiers in Mind-Body Healing"

2001: Mihaly Csikszentmihaly "The Creative Person and the Creative Process"

2000: Jon Kabat-Zinn "Mindfulness, Meditation and Healing in 21st Century Medicine"

1999: Kenneth R. Pelletier "Sound Mind, Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health"

Earlier lectures

1998 Herbert Benson, MD
1997 Erica S. Froelicher, PhD, RN
1996 Patricia M. Dubbert, PhD
1995 Bonnie G. Berger, Ed.D.
1994 Diane Wiese-Bjorrnstal, PhD
1993 William P. Morgan, PhD
1992 Ruth A. Stricker