Rotunda Contemplative Practice Series F2018 - Finding Space to Confront Global Challenges



Rotunda Contemplative Practice Series F2018 - Finding Space to Confront Global Challenges


Sun., Nov 4 2018 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Rotunda Multipurpose Room

Speaker: Kirsten Gelsdorf
Title: “Finding Space to Confront Global Challenges"
Location: Rotunda Multipurpose Room 
With a world in continual crisis, it is easy to become overwhelmed and fatigued. Join humanitarian aid practitioner Kirsten Gelsdorf in this session on how to cope with challenges confronting difficult global realities. As a humanitarian aid practitioner Gelsdorf has had many years of struggle trying to understand her relationship to global humanity and learning how to work in places experiencing crisis. She says one of the most useful skills has been engaging in contemplative practice.  

As Director of Global Humanitarian Policy, Kirsten brings 19 years of experience working in the humanitarian sector; most recently serving as the Chief of the Policy Analysis and Innovation section at the United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Her career includes long-term field postings and operational deployments to numerous emergencies including the international responses to Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, the Ethiopian Famine, the South African Regional Food Crisis, the Liberian War, the Tsunami in Indonesia, Hurricane Katrina, the Pakistan Earthquake, the Timor-Leste Security Crisis, the Global Food Crisis and the Haiti Earthquake. She also served as a humanitarian advisor to President Clinton in his role as the UN Special Envoy for Haiti and as a policy advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the global food crisis in 2008. She has led major policy processes and authored numerous high-profile policy reports documents that have been implemented by Member States and adopted in key UN resolutions. She has been the guest editor of Journal special editions and a Senior Researcher for Tufts University. She has taught courses at UVA for the Batten School, Global Studies, and Liberal Arts Seminars. She has also taught as an Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a Master degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Please arrive early—room size will dictate class capacity. 
This is part of the CSC Rotunda Contemplative Practice Series. Sessions are independent, so you may attend single or multiple events.

Read the CSC story about Kirsten: "Bringing Contemplation to Life — Kirsten Gelsdorf"