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Contemplative Learning and Research Workshop in Higher Education  - May 23, 2015 - Nau Hall and Gibson Hall  - University of Virginia Campus, Charlottesville, Virginia

Current Conference: Contemplative Practices for the 21st Century University

The Keynote Speaker presentations can be found on the Schedule page.


This workshop is an opportunity for those individuals with an interest in the field of contemplative learning and research to meet and explore common interests. This workshop is offered with the intention to expand and deepen personal relationships while building networks between institutions and within institutions. We will be hearing from individuals and groups involved in contemplative education and research and in bringing contemplation into healthcare at multiple universities in the mid-Atlantic region.

This workshop will be an opportunity to learn about the use of contemplative practices in education, research, and healthcare in our region and to meet the individuals involved in these initiatives. There will be time to develop and deepen individual and institutional connections, to share information, and to discuss how these connections can be expanded. The workshop will offer opportunities for group dialog to plan for future events in the region supporting further development and promotion of contemplative initiatives.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is open to anyone interested in contemplative education and research in higher education. Those individuals interested in forming networks in the mid-Atlantic region are particularly encouraged to attend.

See About the Conference for a more detailed description. Also see the Schedule page.

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Keynote Speakers

John Dunne, Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Emory University
"Interdisciplinary Contemplative Research: the Challenge of Deep Integration"

Susan Bauer-Wu, Tussi & John Kluge Endowed Professor in Contemplative End of Life Care, School of Nursing, University of Virginia
"Mindfulness and Compassion: Imperative and Innovations in Health Care and Higher Education"

Conference Information

Location: Nau and Gibson Halls at UVa, University of Virginia Campus

Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments as well as any workshop materials. The workshop registration fee is $35.00 and is non-refundable. Registrations after May 18 will not include lunch.

Submissions (Optional)

Registrants are encouraged to submit a one-page summary of their interests in contemplative learning and research along with their contact information. These submissions will be archived at this website. See About the Conference for more information.

Submissions should be sent to Prof. Douglas Lindner,


Visit the Sponsors page for information on conference sponsorship.

Organizing Committee

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

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

Susanna Williams
Faculty, Mindfulness Center
School of Medicine
University of Virginia

Contact: Prof Douglas K Lindner -


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