Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative: the 3rd Arthur Zajonc Lecture by Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr., PhD

We are very excited to announce that the 3rd annual Arthur Zajonc Lecture, “Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative,” will be delivered by Dr. Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr. on August 7, 2019. More information is listed below. This event is free and open to all, and we will be live streaming and recording the lecture for those who cannot attend. Please join us for an inspiring evening with Dr. Hayman!

As a teacher, Lenwood works to inspire social-justice-minded scholars to ask questions on the health issues situated in the communities from which they come. His research focuses on addressing the social, psychological, structural, and environmental influences of emotional arousal in under-privileged and marginalized populations. With stress reduction at the center of his scholarship platform, the 3 legs of support each focus on the influence of stress on 1) the eating behaviors of individuals from low-income families; 2) negative mental health outcomes in African American men; and 3) academic achievement in first generation and non-traditional college students. By engaging various stress-reducing methodologies (e.g., mindfulness and other contemplative practices), Lenwood uses this 3-legged agenda to support positive mental and physical health outcomes amongst the aforementioned groups.

Being born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Lenwood became interested in social justice activism as a teenager, and focused his time not spent on his studies and lettering in varsity sports as a voice for upward mobility and positive growth for marginalized peoples. Although Lenwood has been primarily restricted to lending his voice to speaking on behalf of the marginalized through his research, he uses his training in mindfulness and contemplative practices to create safe spaces for engaging in meaningful dialog between the well-resourced and the under-resourced. For the last 5 years, Lenwood was an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Michigan – Flint. Lenwood is excited to be transitioning into a new position as Associate Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at his alma mater, Morgan State University, in the Fall of 2019.

The Arthur Zajonc Lecture on Contemplative Education is an annual lecture on contemplative pedagogy, epistemology, or learning.  The purpose is to honor Arthur Zajonc’s groundbreaking work in the field as a distinguished thought leader and committed teacher by enabling eminent scholars and educators to share their insights and experience in integrating contemplative practices and perspectives across the disciplines.

To my mind, such knowing overarches the split between fact and value, the scientific and the aesthetic.  We experience contemplative knowing not as the manipulation of an equation or the descent into technique alone but as the means by which we can know things whole; it is a knowing that is at once entirely personal and at the same time objectively true.

 –Arthur Zajonc


Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative

to be presented by Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr., PhD
Associate Professor of Public Health, Morgan State University
Lenwood W. Hayman, Jr.
7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2019
in the Carroll Room, Smith College Campus Center, 100 Elm Street, Northampton, MA
Free and open to all


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