Conference. The Contemplative Heart of Higher Education conference will be held at Amherst College on April 24-26, 2009. Over the last dozen years educators across academic disciplines and in many professional fields have increasingly included a range of contemplative practices in their teaching and research. During that time this work has been furthered through 140 Contemplative Practice Fellowships granted by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.
This year’s conference will be the first to be sponsored by the new Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (www.acmhe.org), which is affiliated with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. The conference will explore the special role that contemplative practices can play in cultivating those capacities of attention, equanimity, wisdom and compassion that are central to the lives of students and educators.
Through contributed papers, poster sessions, and artistic presentations, as well as plenary talks and contemplative practice sessions, the conference will offer a full representation of the ways contemplation can serve higher education.
Call for Papers. The conference welcomes proposals concerning contemplative pedagogy, methodology and epistemology within and across disciplines. Submissions of proposals for panel discussions are also invited. Please send a title and an abstract of not more that 200 words for a 30 minute paper (with discussion) or performance along with name, affiliation and 50 – 100 word professional biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2009.
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