RYWN Podcast Episode 23: Exclusive Interview with Jeffrey Rasley, 10x Author, Award-Winning Photographer & Adventure Traveler

Jeff Rasley is the author of ten books; the most recent is You Have to Get Lost Before You Can Be Found: A Memoir of Suffering, Grit, and Love of the Himalayas and  Basa Village. He has published numerous articles in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, Family Law Review, The Journal of Communal Societies, and Friends Journal.  He is an award-winning photographer and his pictures taken in the Himalayas and Caribbean and Pacific islands have been published in several journals.  He has appeared as a featured guest on over eighty radio and podcast programs.

 

Rasley has engaged in social activism and philanthropic efforts from an early age.  In high school he co-founded the Goshen Walk for Hunger.  In law school he was an advocate for renters' rights as the leader of the first rent strike in Indiana, and he served as a lobbyist and president of the Indianapolis Tenants Association.  As an attorney for Legal Services organization he was lead counsel on two class action suits on behalf of prisoners which resulted in judgments requiring the construction of two new jails in Central Indiana.  Jeff founded free legal clinics at two inner-city churches. He was the lead plaintiff in a class action requiring the clean-up of the White River after it was polluted by an industrial chemical spill.  Jeff is the founder and former president of the Basa Village Foundation USA, which raises money for culturally sensitive development work in the Basa area of Nepal.  He currently serves as president of Scientech, which promotes science education, and is a director of five other non-profit organizations.

 

Jeff retired from the practice of law in 2010.  He is a partner in the eBook publishing company Midsummer Books and provides writer-coaching services.  He is U.S. liaison for the Nepal-based Himalayan expedition company, Adventure GeoTreks Ltd.  He has taught classes for IUPUI Continuing Ed. Program, Indiana Writers Center, and Butler and Marian Universities.

 

Jeff is a graduate of the University of Chicago, A.B. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, All-Academic All-State Football Team and letter winner in swimming and football; Indiana University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, Moot Court and Indiana Law Review; Christian Theological Seminary, M.Div. magna cum laude, co-valedictorian and Faculty Award Scholar.  He has been admitted to the Indiana, U.S. District Court, and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. 

 

For chairing the Indiana-Tennessee Civic Memorial Commission Rasley and the Commission received Proclamations of Salutation from the Governors of Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania and he was made an honorary Lieutenant Colonel Aide-de-Camp of the Alabama State Militia, a Kentucky Colonel and honorary Citizen of Tennessee.  He was given a Key to the City of Indianapolis for serving as an intern to Mayor Hudnut and preparing a report on the safety conditions of all Indy Parks.  Rasley has received the Man of the Year award from the Arthur Jordan YMCA and the Alumni Service Award from the University of Chicago.

 

Jeff is an avid outdoorsman and recreational athlete.  He leads trekking-mountaineering expeditions in Nepal and has solo-kayaked around several Pacific island groups.  He also loves to read and considers completing Marcel Proust’s 3600 page Remembrance of Things Past as great an adventure as climbing Himalayan peaks and solo-kayaking Pacific islands.

 

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To Discover more about Jeff visit his web sites => 

 

Amazon Author page => http://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Rasley/e/B004Q3D6B2

 

Personal Facebook link => https://www.facebook.com/jrasley

 

Facebook publisher => https://www.facebook.com/JeffRasleyAndMidsummerBooks/

 

Twitter => https://twitter.com/jeffrasley

 

Linkedin => https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-rasley/

 

Goodreads  =>  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4114763.Jeffrey_Rasley

 

Basa Foundation website: => http://www.jeffreyrasley.com/Basa%20Projects.htm

 

Pinterest => https://www.pinterest.com/

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Rasley, Author, Award-Winning Photographer

& Adventure Traveler

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