Webinars

How Can We Be Daringly and Radically-Well During Times of Upheaval?

Posted on Jun 2, 2020

How Can We Be Daringly and Radically-Well During Times of Upheaval?

Ife Lenard and Ericka Echavarria will discuss specific approaches coupled with contemplative practices that offer a means of building and sustaining adults through relational and societal challenges, such as a global pandemic, isolation, remote learning and the demands of digital etiquette and productivity. 

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Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens (Lockdown Edition)

Posted on Apr 17, 2020

Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens  (Lockdown Edition)

Kevin Healy discusses “Ethics and Religion in the Age of Social Media: Digital Proverbs for Responsible Citizens” and how he uses it in his classes within the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cultivating Compassionate Teaching During the Coronavirus

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

Cultivating Compassionate Teaching During the Coronavirus

As educators, COVID-19 presents a particular challenge: having converted our classrooms to online platforms, we now face the task of teaching in a way that is worthy of this historical moment. What challenges and opportunities does the coronavirus pose? How can we best be of service to our students in this time of profound uncertainty and yet demanding need?

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Centered in Blackness: Designing Contemplative Spaces for Black People

Posted on Mar 3, 2020

Centered in Blackness: Designing Contemplative Spaces for Black People

In this webinar, Drs. Chatman and Oliver envision “creating and sustaining contemplative space that centers and flows out of our voices, experiences, and collective wisdom as Black scholar-practitioners. We strongly believe that these spaces are important and affirming for Black people and anyone in the broader community interested in learning about contemplative pedagogy through a Black lens.”

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Fostering Belonging and Intercultural Engagement Through Contemplative Practices

Posted on Feb 5, 2020

Fostering Belonging and Intercultural Engagement Through Contemplative Practices

Dr. Alexia Ferracuti explores the intersections between contemplative practices and intercultural approaches for creating inclusive learning environments, and identify ways in which contemplative practices can serve as means for developing and modeling educators’ self-awareness and capacity for valuing differences among learners and ways of learning.

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Mentoring as a Contemplative Practice in the Academy

Posted on Jan 9, 2020

Mentoring as a Contemplative Practice in the Academy

In this webinar, Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde discusses how contemplative practices can assist students, faculty, and staff in doing reflective work that will lead them to mentoring relationships – in all areas of life – that encourage balance, community, appreciation of culture, and academic success.

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Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

Posted on Nov 19, 2019

Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

Angel Acosta discusses how using a 4ft x 20ft timeline as a contemplative learning tool supports participants with deepening their understanding of entrenched racial and socio-economic inequality in the United States.

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Working with Fear and Resistance when Fostering Contemplative Space

Posted on Sep 3, 2019

Working with Fear and Resistance when Fostering Contemplative Space

Fostering contemplative spaces in academic settings is often limited by the fear and resistance educators, students, and administrators face. This webinar will help prepare participants to utilize contemplative practices to work with fear and resistance in themselves, students, management, and systems.

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A Dialogue on Self-Compassion and Interdependence

Posted on Aug 8, 2019

A Dialogue on Self-Compassion and Interdependence

Drs. Mamgain and Majied discuss fierce self-compassion as it relates to interdependence so that participants learn how to increase their own positive life force through progressive self-reflection.

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Soulfulness Practices: Applying the SOUL-Centered Framework (Part 2)

Posted on Jul 12, 2019

Soulfulness Practices: Applying the SOUL-Centered Framework (Part 2)

Building upon the June 2019 webinar introducing soulfulness, this webinar focuses on the application of soulfulness to contemplative practice. Presenter Shelly P. Harrell, Ph.D. is a psychologist whose work focuses on individual, relational, and collective well-being in the context of culture and oppression.

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“I Got Soul”: Soulfulness, Culture, and Contemplative Practice

Posted on Jun 10, 2019

“I Got Soul”: Soulfulness, Culture, and Contemplative Practice

This webinar will introduce “soulfulness” as an approach to contemplative practice that centers a synergistic integration of the psychological, spiritual, and cultural dimensions of soul.

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Bridging the Gap between Islam, Islamophobia and Contemplative Pedagogy

Posted on May 2, 2019

Bridging the Gap between Islam, Islamophobia and Contemplative Pedagogy

Participants in this webinar will engage foundational information about Islam, Islamophobia, and the historical context about Islam as relevant to current-day realities, and will consider connections between Islam and contemplative practices, and opportunities to create space for Muslims in contemplative education.

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Faith in a Seed: Strategies for Nurturing and Embedding Contemplative Approaches on our Campuses

Posted on Apr 4, 2019

Faith in a Seed: Strategies for Nurturing and Embedding Contemplative Approaches on our Campuses

In this webinar with Juliet Trail, Director of Education for the University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center, we will walk through ways in which we can cultivate contemplative approaches across the various mission areas of higher education – including academics, the co-curricular domain (including student life, student health, and faculty/staff life), research, service, and patient care.

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The Tree of Contemplative Practices

Posted on Mar 12, 2019

The Tree of Contemplative Practices

In this webinar with Maia Duerr, research director of CMind’s Contemplative Net Project (2002-2004), you’ll learn about the inspiration and story behind the Tree of Practices concept: the image was originally created as a way to organize and represent the project’s findings.

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Cultivating Hope in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World

Posted on Feb 1, 2019

Cultivating Hope in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous World

A webinar with Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD, exploring how we can navigate challenges we face today and others we have yet to anticipate, especially in higher education.

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Contemplative Resistance

Posted on Jan 7, 2019

Contemplative Resistance

In this webinar with organizer and activist Holly Roach Knight, we will look at some of the obstacles to social change and explore how a contemplative view, practice, and conduct can help us address them. In essence, we will look at how contemplative education in higher education can help equip students to navigate and contribute to equity and social justice work.

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Begin With Wholeness, End With Joy

Posted on Nov 13, 2018

Begin With Wholeness, End With Joy

In this webinar, Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde draws on the work done in her graduate level Black Feminisms class to ask, “What if we intentionally structure our teaching with rituals of wholeness, healing, and joy; practices that help students feel connected to the powerful things that can nurture and sustain them?”

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Contemplation, Reflexivity, and Gender/ Sexual Diversity in the Classroom

Posted on Sep 11, 2018

Contemplation, Reflexivity, and Gender/ Sexual Diversity in the Classroom

This webinar offers an introduction to Dr. Kerr Mesner’s work developing contemplative and anti-oppressive approaches to addressing issues of gender/sexual diversity in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with this work experientially, as well as to reflect on their own teaching practices in addressing gender/ sexual diversity in their own classrooms.

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Contemplative Practices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Posted on Aug 17, 2018

Contemplative Practices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

This webinar with Dr. Patricia Owen-Smith focuses on the place of contemplative knowing and contemplative practices within the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) framework. 

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Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing

Educator and trauma professional David Treleaven draws on a decade of research and clinical experience to discuss safe, transformative ways of teaching and practicing mindfulness with an awareness of trauma.

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Lessons From the Off Ramp

Posted on May 29, 2018

Lessons From the Off Ramp

As she prepares to retire, Renée A. Hill writes, “This webinar is about what I have learned in the classroom over the last fifteen years about contemplative practices and what they can bring to learning and growth—both that of my students and my own.”

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A Heartful Way of Living

Posted on May 10, 2018

A Heartful Way of Living

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will discuss community building and designing healing spaces through diverse sources of knowledge, storytelling, embodied practice, and creative expression.

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Knowing & Growing: Creating and Sustaining Contemplative Communities

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

Knowing & Growing: Creating and Sustaining Contemplative Communities

This webinar, presented by Stephanie Briggs (Assistant Professor of English, Community College of Baltimore County), focuses on ways to develop and maintain a campus-wide contemplative community. We will investigate how to recruit faculty and staff members, the design of a program, goals and objectives of the community, individual/shared facilitation, and cost.

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Enacting Human Revolution: The Inner Social Justice Movement

Posted on Jan 23, 2018

Enacting Human Revolution: The Inner Social Justice Movement

Dr. Kamilah Majied will lead participants through activities that enable them to infuse a liberatory consciousness into their teaching and their contemplative practice.

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Cultural Humility and Theater of the Oppressed

Posted on May 3, 2017

Cultural Humility and Theater of the Oppressed

More than a concept, cultural humility is a process of personal and communal reflection to analyze the root causes of suffering and create a broader, more inclusive view of the world. To practice cultural humility is to maintain a willingness to suspend what we know, or what we think we know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture.

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Creating a Contemplative Culture at Community Colleges: Leadership and Classroom Practices

Posted on Feb 17, 2017

Creating a Contemplative Culture at Community Colleges: Leadership and Classroom Practices

In this webinar, Pearl Ratunil and Jon Brammer explore what a contemplative “initiative” can be at a two-year college where resources are scarce, the audience for contemplative pedagogy is sparse, and the need for contemplative approaches is great.

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Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives

Posted on Jan 26, 2017

Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives

In this webinar, Dr. Levy will present some of the contemplative exercises and methods used in his courses and seminars. He will also discuss the philosophy underlying them, which places the emphasis on student discoveries through mindful observation and reflection, rather than on general rules that everyone should, or must, obey.

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Contemplating Chicano Park and a New Pedagogic Imaginary

Posted on Apr 26, 2016

Contemplating Chicano Park and a New Pedagogic Imaginary

Prof. Alberto López Pulido presents a webinar underscoring the importance of contemplative practices for students of color at a private Roman Catholic University in San Diego, California. Through this work, a new Pedagogic Imaginary is put forth that embraces cultural diversity and social justice for all students, but in particular, students of color and first-generation students.

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The Science of Contemplative Practice and the Practice of Contemplative Science

Posted on Feb 24, 2016

The Science of Contemplative Practice and the Practice of Contemplative Science

This webinar with Dr. Aaron Godlaski asks, How best do we connect the pedagogy of contemplative practices with the scholarship of contemplative studies? Should we treat research and practice as dichotomy, or dialectic?

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3 Steps for Building & Evaluating Successful Contemplative Programs

Posted on May 15, 2015

3 Steps for Building & Evaluating Successful Contemplative Programs

This webinar is designed for anyone interested in discovering the 3 essential steps for developing, implementing and evaluating sustainable contemplative programs and pedagogical approaches in the classroom or educational community.

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Be. Still. Move: Creative Contemplative Movement

Posted on Mar 12, 2015

Be. Still. Move: Creative Contemplative Movement

A webinar on using movement, storytelling, and art to discover students’ embodied knowledge, develop a connection to personal body/mind insights, and internalize new knowledge.

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Challenges and Opportunities in Contemplative Higher Education

Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Challenges and Opportunities in Contemplative Higher Education

In this webinar, Carolyn Jacobs and Mirabai Bush engage in a dialogue about their experience teaching students in Smith College’s Contemplative Clinical Practice Advanced Certificate Program.

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Developing Indicators for What Matters Most in Your Teaching

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

Developing Indicators for What Matters Most in Your Teaching

This webinar explores our intentions for using contemplative practices in higher education, including what matters most to us as instructors, what matters most to our students, and how we can know if contemplative pedagogy is effective.

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Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

Posted on May 19, 2014

Towards an Embodied Social Justice: Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

In this webinar, Beth Berila explores how contemplative practices can deepen feminist and critical race pedagogies in Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, and other courses about diversity, power, and oppression.

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Contemplative Practice in a Course on Arguing as an Art of Peace

Posted on Mar 20, 2014

Contemplative Practice in a Course on Arguing as an Art of Peace

For the past seven years, Barry Kroll has been teaching a Lehigh University seminar that asks first-year college students to consider how arguing—so often associated with controversy and conflict—can be practiced as an art of peace. This webinar features student voices from the course.

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Using Contemplative Practices to Promote Well-Being and Social Justice Awareness

Posted on Feb 14, 2014

Using Contemplative Practices to Promote Well-Being and Social Justice Awareness

Michelle Chatman shares contemplative practices used in sociology and anthropology classes to deepen student learning, enhance well-being, and inspire a commitment to social justice.

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Fostering Contemplative Life Skills on a College Campus Outside the Classroom

Posted on Jan 9, 2014

Fostering Contemplative Life Skills on a College Campus Outside the Classroom

Helen Damon-Moore and colleagues at Dartmouth College present their work on developing contemplative programs through a variety of departments and services on their campus.

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Implementing a New Contemplative Pedagogy Faculty Development Program

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

Implementing a New Contemplative Pedagogy Faculty Development Program

Dr. David Lee Keiser and Julie Dalley present their work on developing and implementing a new contemplative pedagogy faculty fellowship at Montclair State University.

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Improvisation, Meditation, and Integral Theory: New Horizons in Contemplative Education

Posted on Apr 17, 2013

Improvisation, Meditation, and Integral Theory: New Horizons in Contemplative Education

This webinar presents core ideas from Prof. Sarath’s new book, Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness: Jazz as Integral Template for Music, Education, and Society (SUNY/Albany, 2013).

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Practice: The Core of Contemplative Education

Posted on Apr 4, 2013

Practice: The Core of Contemplative Education

Mirabai Bush introduces a range of practices that have been integrated into courses across the curriculum and addresses the relationship between personal experience with contemplative, introspective practice and bringing a contemplative approach to one’s professional role.

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The Blue Pearl: A Research Report on Teaching Mindfulness Practices to College Students

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Blue Pearl: A Research Report on Teaching Mindfulness Practices to College Students

This webinar describes the results of Prof. Deborah J. Haynes’s research with undergraduate students on the efficacy of and their experiences with contemplative pedagogy. Her presentation focuses on conceptual issues raised by her formal human-subject research with students over three years–research that included qualitative feedback from them through narrative exercises and journals, a series of quantitative questionnaires about their experiences, and their own works of art.

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Listening to Our Eyes: Seeing as Meditation

Posted on Feb 4, 2013

Listening to Our Eyes: Seeing as Meditation

This webinar, presented by Bradford C. Grant, Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Design at Howard University, is an exploration of meditative exercises using seeing and drawing and the use of physical and visual environments as a means for understanding and contemplation.

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Wanting: Teaching Economics as Contemplative Inquiry

Posted on Jan 10, 2013

Wanting: Teaching Economics as Contemplative Inquiry

A webinar with Daniel Barbezat, Professor of Economics, Amherst College. Prof. Barbezat discusses contemplative pedagogy and the use of introspective exercises in his course, “Consumption and the Pursuit of Happiness.” First-person exercises on this subject are especially poignant for students, as they can directly discover the impact of their own wanting and how it affects their own economic decisions and the markets around them.

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The Mindful Teacher

Posted on Aug 16, 2012

The Mindful Teacher

A webinar with Steven Emmanuel, Professor of Philosophy, Virginia Wesleyan College.

In discussions about contemplative pedagogy a great deal of attention has been devoted to practical applications of mindfulness in the classroom (what we might call “mindfulness-based pedagogy”). The tendency in this approach is to view mindfulness as a type of technology that can be used to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the teaching and learning experience.

While there are many wonderful benefits of this approach, it generally abstracts mindfulness from its historical roots as a practice aimed at moral and spiritual development. The purpose of this presentation is to recover the value of traditional meditation practice as a means of cultivating the capacities or virtues characteristic of the mindful teacher.

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Legal Education as Contemplative, Multicultural Inquiry

Posted on May 7, 2012

Legal Education as Contemplative, Multicultural Inquiry

A webinar with Rhonda Magee, Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco.

This webinar examined how we can better develop the cognitive, personal and interpersonal skills necessary to identify and effectively dismantle structures of privilege and subordination in our midst. How can we better learn, work and thrive together in diverse communities as we seek to create a more just world?

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The Neuroscience of Somatic Attention: a key to unlocking a foundational contemplative practice for educators

Posted on Mar 8, 2012

The Neuroscience of Somatic Attention: a key to unlocking a foundational contemplative practice for educators

A webinar with Dr. Catherine Kerr, Department of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine and Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University. Somatic Attention can be a foundational practice for educators. Empathy, “gut sense,” and improved attention skills are all enhanced by somatic attention practice, especially the somatic attentional components of mindfulness meditation. Dr. Kerr discusses brain mechanisms underlying somatic attention practice and engages in a few brief somatic attention exercises in order to directly “unlock” key practice components related to basic brain processes.

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Sentipensante Pedagogy and Contemplative Practice

Posted on Feb 23, 2012

Sentipensante Pedagogy and Contemplative Practice

Presented by Laura Rendon, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Vijay Kanagala, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas-San Antonio. Sentipensante pedagogy offers a transformative vision of education that emphasizes the harmonic, complementary relationship between the sentir of intuition  and the pensar of intellect and scholarship; between teaching and learning; between formal knowledge and wisdom; and between Western and non-Western ways of knowing.

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Contemplative Pedagogies in Geosciences

Posted on Jan 4, 2012

Contemplative Pedagogies in Geosciences

Jill Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Science, Vassar College, gives examples of different types of contemplative practices that she has used in a variety of geoscience courses. Earth science content that has proven suitable for illumination with contemplative techniques includes geologic time, chemical and physical weathering, and characteristics for distinguishing different mineral groups.

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Cultivating the Executive Mind: Is Mindfulness the Key to 21st Century Economic Survival?

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

A webinar with Jeremy Hunter, Assistant Professor, The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. Peter Drucker, the founder of the discipline of modern management, asserted that making knowledge workers productive was the key to economic survival for the developed economies. Though knowledge workers use their minds to make a living, are they ever taught to use their minds more effectively? This webinar discusses the decade-old mindfulness program at the Drucker School of Management designed to teach managers to manage themselves.

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Integrating Trial Advocacy and Mindfulness Theory & Practice

Posted on May 27, 2011

A webinar with David M. Zlotnick, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law. Sponsored by a fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Professor Zlotnick created a course that explored the potential for mindfulness theory and practice to help aspiring lawyers make a career in trial work more humane and sustainable. In this webinar, he provides some background on how trial advocacy is typically taught in American law schools and walks attendees through the various ways in which mindfulness theory and practice were integrated into the course. This webinar should be of interest to teachers of all kinds of experiential learning, those who teach in professional schools, and those whose courses involve student presentations, as some of the exercises were also designed to ameliorate public speaking anxiety.

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