David Hackett is Professor and former Chair in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida. As a child, David boarded a ship in California with his parents and set out for Japan. He would return for seventh grade and eleventh grade and later teach there in an international school. His father, the son of missionaries, was born and raised in Kobe and subsequently became a professor of Japanese history. In his early twenties, David traveled through Japan and Southeast Asia seeking the common ground between contemplative Catholicism and Zen Buddhism. The Silent Dialogue (1995) is his record of that journey. During college, David traveled through Europe and, in graduate school, he spent a summer in India and Nepal interviewing young Americans who had gone East seeking Asian wisdom. In 2012 Dr. Hackett was the University of Florida’s Teacher of the Year. In recent years, he has taught in the University of Florida’s London Study Center and from there led students on field studies throughout Great Britain; participated in a Council on International Educational Exchange faculty seminar on “Music, Society, and Conflict in Ireland and Northern Ireland”; and taught a seminar on American religious history, sponsored by the State Department’s United States-China Education Trust, at Fudan University in Shanghai . In Spring 2018, Dr. Hackett was a faculty member on a Semester at Sea voyage that went through Asia and Africa. He is looking forward to this new journey through Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. Following this voyage, David will be retiring to the Cobb Hill Co-Housing community in Hartland, Vermont where they are pioneering sustainable living on a rural farm with cows, horses, chickens, gardens, shitake mushroom and cheese making industries within an intergenerational community of 60 members.