For Further Listening…

Posted on Nov 28, 2012

Executive Director Daniel Barbezat was recently interviewed by Alexios Moore of Xavier University for the Teaching, Learning & Everything Else podcast.

From the interview:

People ask, “What does a liberal arts college do? What does a good education do? It teaches people how to think.” It’s kind of a ridiculous claim in a way, because people know how to think. But we’re giving them tools to think more deeply, clarifying what they’re thinking about. That process can be deepened and expanded by a reflective process: not only of an abstract reflection, but a reflection on the inner life of the student… This inner life is being directly nurtured and sustained in an inquiry of the material that’s being learned. The students now see how their inner life connects to what they’re learning, and… that deepens both their curiosity and interest and their understanding of the material.

You can listen to the podcast on the CAT Food (For Thought) website (and that’s CAT as in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Xavier University of Louisiana!) or download the audio file here.

Associate Director Mirabai Bush is hosting a series of free webinars, Working with Mindfulness: Research and Practice of Mindful Techniques in Organizations, produced by More Than Sound, the publishers of Working With Mindfulness, her recent CD/download of mindfulness practices for the workplace.

In October, Mirabai interviewed Dr. Kyra Bobinet, president of senior care solutions at Aetna. Topics covered in this webcast include Dr. Bobinet’s best practices learned from developing and leading Aetna’s clinical efficacy studies with the company’s mind-body stress reduction programs; discussion of Aetna’s “Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace” clinical trial, and the study results that were published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology; and Mirabai Bush’s experience with developing the curriculum for Google’s Search Inside Yourself course, including participant reports of reduced stress, increased productivity, and more creative problem solving after taking the course.

The November webinar featured Dr. Richard Davidson, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Topics for this installment of the series include Dr. Davidson’s research on meditation as it relates to happiness, distraction, neuroplasticity and recovering from negative information, and discussion of key findings from his latest book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain.

You can register for the More Than Sound webinars here: www.morethansound.net/WWMWebinar.php

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