Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Green Space for the Mind

Antioch College symposium to explore contemplation and mindfulness in higher education

Antioch College will welcome leading scholars from throughout the country on April 9 for “A Green Space for the Mind,” a daylong symposium that will explore initiatives to incorporate contemplative practice into academic and social settings in higher education. The symposium will be held in the Herndon Gallery, South Hall, One Morgan Place.

Presented with the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), A Green Space for the Mind investigates the premise that conventional instruction based on critical scholarship and the scientific method can be strengthened by incorporating the reflective, contemplative and experiential methods.

The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a webinar given by Daniel Goleman, an internationally known psychologist and best-selling author who will discuss the topics within his latest book, Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything. Goleman is the author of Emotional Intelligence.

At 1:00 p.m., a panel of leading academics in contemplative education will present on the theory and practice of contemplation in higher education. The panelists are:
  • Linda-Susan Beard, associate professor of literature at Bryn Mawr College and a monk in the Emmaus Community in Vestaburg, Michigan
  • John Makransky, professor of Buddhism and comparative theology at Boston College and the founding teacher for the Foundation for Active Compassion
  • Harold Roth, professor of religious studies and East Asian studies and the director of the Contemplative Studies Initiative at Brown University
  • Clifford Saron, associate research scientist UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and M.I.N.D. Institute
The panel will be moderated by Robert Pryor founder and director of Antioch Education Abroad’s Buddhist Studies Program in Bodh Gaya, India.

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