Date(s) - 10/27/2017 - 10/29/2017
This academic conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Organized around three main tracks – teaching and learning, student affairs, and leadership – the conference will present cutting-edge ways contemplative approaches to inquiry and learning can further justice and compassion on college and university campuses and beyond.
Through keynote presentations, interactive sessions, and contemplative workshops, participants will explore how diverse contemplative pedagogies and practices can support transformations on multiple levels – self, classroom, organization, community – and invite creative, unconventional approaches to how we imagine and seek to address the many challenges of the 21st century.
Saturday evening keynote:
Fania Davis, Co-founder and Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
Friday evening keynote:
Rhonda Magee, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco
Conference Track keynotes by:
- Bidisha Banerjee, Former Founding Program Director, Dalai Lama Fellows
- Oliver Hill, Professor of Psychology, Virginia State University
- Vijay Kanagala, Assistant Professor, Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of Vermont
- Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Co-founder, LifeWorks, Stanford University
- Carla Sherrell, Core Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology, Naropa University
- Judith Simmer-Brown, Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies, Naropa University
- Éliane Ubalijoro, Professor of Practice for Public and Private Sector Partnerships, McGill University
“Radicalizing Contemplative Education” will take place on the 75-acre campus of the 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County, California. The setting for the conference, with uplifting gathering spaces and quiet spots for contemplation both indoors and out, provides an ideal context for engaging in dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, while exploring and practicing new visions for integrating contemplative practices and approaches to further compassion and justice in higher education and beyond.
In bringing together diverse networks of teachers, scholars, administrators, practitioners, students, and community activists, the conference will be a landmark event in furthering a contemplative, socially just educational vision.