University of Virginia - Virginia State University - Radford University - George Mason - UMBC - Contemplative Sciences Center
Virginia Tech - Invent the Future
Contemplative Practices for the 21st Century University  - March 10-12, 2016 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia
About the Conference


The big picture intention of this conference is to lay the foundation for growing supportive networks of practitioners using contemplative practices in education, research, business, and community programs through synergistic interactions, particularly within the mid-Atlantic region. This conference is the third in what we hope will become an ongoing series of regional conferences rotating among regional universities.

Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT)

About ICAT

A university-level research institute positioned at the nexus of the arts, design, engineering, and science, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) is uniquely partnered with the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. By forging a pathway between trans-disciplinary research and art, educational innovation, and scientific and commercial discovery, the institute works to foster the creative process to create new possibilities for exploration and expression through learning, discovery, and engagement. This includes:

  • Preparing students in kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education environments to succeed in a world that demands teamwork and collaboration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines;
  • Promoting new research domains that transcends institutionalized boundaries; and
  • Participating with people of all ages in the process of co-creation.

More than just a media lab, ICAT is a trans-disciplinary living lab, tightly integrated with educational, commercial, and arts communities.

What is Contemplative Practice?

Contemplative practices help students cultivate an awareness of themselves, others, and the world around them. This awareness helps students fully taste, touch, see, smell, and hear whatever they are experiencing in the moment, cultivating an intimate connection with it. While diverse, the common core of contemplative practices is to encourage students to cultivate insight, concentration, and look within themselves to determine what is most meaningful to them.

The Tree of Contemplative Practices - Diagram

Organizing Committee

Douglas K Lindner (Chair)
Associate Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

Richard S. Bowles III
Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Merck & Co., Inc., (retired)

Ivica Ico Bukvic
Associate Professor, School of Performing Arts
Virginia Tech

Alan Forrest
Professor, Counselor Education
Radford University

David Germano
Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center
University of Virginia

Oliver W. Hill, Jr.
Executive Director, VSU Research Foundation
Professor, Department of Psychology
Virginia State University

Renee A. Hill
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dept. of History and Philosophy
Virginia State University

Jason S Jones
Program Director for Learning & Student Initiatives, Contemplative Sciences Center
Research Scientist, Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education -Lab
University of Virginia

Robin Majeski
Clinical Associate Professor
The Erickson School, University of Maryland at Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD

Mark Thurston
Director of Educational Programs
Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
George Mason University

Susanna Williams
Faculty and Research Scientist, UVa Mindfulness Center
Center for Appreciative Practice
School of Medicine
University of Virginia

Prof Douglas K Lindner
Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
MS 0111
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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