Contemplative Practice and the Transformation of Education

Posted on 2/11/2013 2:52:32 PM

This workshop will take place on Friday, March 1, 2013, from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in the Crimson Event Center, Folger Hall. The Student Affairs Division, Mindfulness Living Learning Community, and Center for Teaching Excellence are providing this professional development workshop for all members of the university community. This workshop will count as a Reflective Practice Large Group Meeting.

Finding stillness in a distracting world creates a space that is at the core of profound learning and insight. Contemplative practice sharpens concentration to the present moment, deepens a sense of presence, and builds compassion towards others. In this workshop, we will examine together how the whole educational institution can be creating, supporting, and sustaining environments that provide the tools to support students’ ongoing inquiry into meaning, purpose, and values.

About the Presenter

Daniel Barbezat, Ph.D., is professor of Economics at Amherst College and director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University and Yale University and has taught in the summer program at Harvard University. In 2004, he won the J. T. Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History from the Economic History Association. Over the past decade, he has become interested in how self-awareness and introspection can be used in higher education and economic decision-making. He has developed courses that integrate contemplative exercises designed to enable students to gain deeper understanding and insight. His approach to these economic classes has been featured in the Boston Globe, the U.S. News & World Report, and as on the NPR program Here & Now.

For more information, please see brochure.

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Continental breakfast included.

Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome!

Center for Teaching Excellence