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Contemplative Collaborative Brownbag Series to Kick Off Syracuse University Humanities Center’s Spring Symposia

First of three-part series to explore ‘Mindfulness Practices for Teaching and Learning’

Jan 15, 2015 | Article by: Sarah Scalese


The Syracuse University Humanities Center’s Spring Symposia will kick off on Friday, January 16 with the first installment of a three-part Contemplative Collaborative Brownbag Series titled, “Practicing Presence: Mindfulness Practices for Teaching and Learning.”

Free and open to the public, the Brownbag Series is part of the Humanities Center’s Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship. The interdisciplinary brownbag series aims to uncover contemplative practices for students, faculty, and community members.

The series lineup is as follows:

Practicing Presence: Mindfulness Practices for Teaching and Learning

Friday, January 16

12:00 – 1:30 p.m., 123 Sims Hall

Diane Grimes

Associate Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Syracuse University

W. Kurt Stavenhagen

Doctoral Candidate, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric

Syracuse University, and full-time lecturer at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Learning to Be Present: Mindfulness Practices for Writing, Research, and Creativity

Friday, February 13

12:00 – 1:30 p.m., 123 Sims Hall

Gesa E. Kirsch

Professor of English and Director of the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences

Bentley University

Patrick W. Berry

Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric

Syracuse University

Mindfulness Goes to School: Linking Research with Practice

Friday, March 6
12:00 – 1:30 p.m., 123 Sims Hall

Dessa Bergan-Cico

Assistant Professor, Public Health

Syracuse University

Rachel Razza

Assistant Professor, Child and Family Studies

Syracuse University

The series is presented by the Humanities Center. Co-sponsors include The Writing Program and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts; Contemplative Collaborative; and Hendricks Chapel and its Wellness Fund.

For more information, contact Patrick Berry by email at pwberry@syr.edu or by phone at 443.1912.


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Contact Information

Sarah Scalese
315-443-8085
sescales@syr.edu