Candy Gunther Brown: Why are Public-School Yoga and Mindfulness Popular and Controversial?

Drawing on experience as an expert witness in four legal disputes, Professor Candy Gunther Brown will explain the appeal and most common objections to public-school yoga, mindfulness, and other meditation programs. Are such programs “secular” or “religious”—or both? How strong is scientific evidence of efficacy, safety, and appropriateness as universal interventions? Should educators be concerned about cultural appropriation and cultural imperialism? Brown probes these questions and the legal and ethical stakes.

LeeRay Costa Events — Talk: A Contemplative Feminist Approach to Teaching about Race & Whiteness; Workshop: Beloved Community & Social Justice in the College Classroom

Update: Thank you for the response to both of these events. They are now at capacity.


"A Contemplative Feminist Approach to Teaching about Race and Whiteness
10:00-11:30 am, Newcomb Hall, Room 481
Please register for the morning lecture here, as space is limited.

Festy at IX Park

Friday Oct 11- Sunday Oct 13

The 10th Annual Festy theme is "Music & Mindfulness." Doors open at 11am each day, music starts at noon, new acts start on the hour every other hour (12, 2, 4, 6, 8...). 

Volunteers receive free admission based on level of commitment.

Call for Proposals: Contemplative Sciences Book Series

CSC is thrilled to partner with the University of Virginia Press to publish a new academic book series focusing on leading research, learning, and engagement related to contemplation across all scholarly and professional disciplines. We are soliciting scholarly book proposals addressing any of these themes: (1) Culture and Wisdom, (2)  Health and Well-being, (3) Education and Learning, (4) Design and Place, (5) Professions and Performance. 

Donald Rothberg: Contemplation, Service, and Activism—Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation

At a time of great urgency in our world, contemplative practice – developing such qualities as mindfulness, kindness, compassion, and equanimity – can be of great value both in everyday life and in our activities in the world, such as in service and civic engagement, including activism. We’ll explore the nature of such contemplative engagement and how it might help us respond to the great challenges of our times, such as climate disruption, racism, and social and political polarization.
This talk is free and open to the public.


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