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The Reservoir

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The Value of What I Teach

October 9, 2013

What don’t you know about what you know? I invite my students interested in writing out of their own experiences to explore that question. Is there any value to the state, the nation, the world in an academic environment in which students are encouraged to ask that question again and again?

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Seeking the Heart of Higher Education

October 2, 2013

Values such as compassion, social justice, and the search for truth, which animate and give purpose to the lives of students, faculty, and staff, are honored and strengthened by an integrative education. But to be truly integrative, such an education must go beyond a ”values curriculum“ to create a comprehensive learning environment that reflects a holistic vision of humanity, giving attention to every dimension of the human self.

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The Future of Higher Education is in our Intention and Actions Today

July 29, 2013

As we think about the future of education, we must focus on questions of “why” rather than simply “how.”

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

April 17, 2013

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

April 4, 2013

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 Central Role of Student Services

March 13, 2013

IUP’s new Mindfulness Living Community shows how broad student services can connect curricular and extracurricular activities, creating a richer and more engaging educational environment.

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

February 28, 2013

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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The Mission of Education: Why We Subsidize Post-Secondary Education

February 21, 2013

To the extent that we, in higher education, have forgotten our primary mission–challenging our students to inquire as to what it means to be a good citizen of this world–we risk collapsing into a fee-for-service industry in which we simply convey information and train narrowly for the workforce.

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Listening to Our Eyes: Seeing as Meditation

February 4, 2013

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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Courses as Commodities: The Harvard Cheating Scandal

February 3, 2013

In a final exam last May, nearly half of the 279 students in a Harvard government class were suspected of cheating. This is not just a “Harvard” problem; rather, this is emblematic of a crisis throughout post-secondary education. Many have lost sight of our fundamental mission to create environments for students to discover what is most meaningful to them and to provide the information and tools for them to live out their vision.

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