Contemplative Pedagogy Initiative
In its series on Contemplative Pedagogy, CET invites you to a discussion of
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
In that recent book William Deresiewicz claims that, as students turn away from the humanities to more practical subjects such as economics and finance, they lose their ability to think independently.
David Albertson (associate professor of religion) and Mark Weinstein (associate professor of finance and business economics) will put that claim under the microscope and invite audience participation with a Q&A. Copies of the book are available gratis by request from CET (with an implied promise to read it beforehand if possible).
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 233
Co-sponsored by: USC Office of Religious Life and USC Center for Excellence in Teaching
Light Lunch provided
- The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education is an initiative of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, promoting the emergence of a broad culture of contemplation in the academy by connecting a network of leading institutions and academics committed to the recovery and development of the contemplative dimension of teaching, learning and knowing. http://www.acmhe.org . It conducts workshops and trainings in contemplative pedagogy techniques.
- Poetic Proverbs for Contemplation - for use at the outset of class meetings
- Waiting for Us to Notice Them , Pedagogy of Presence, Chronical of Higher Education
- Teaching Tips, UMass Amherst
- How to Solve it by George Polya (1945). This is an enduring classic, a short, pithy book about problem-solving in mathematics – but it generalizes to all types of problem-solving. His admonition to “look at the unknown” is, effectively, an invitation to contemplation.
- The Heart of Higher Education by Parker Palmer (author of The Courage to Teach) and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst and director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society -- "for all who are new to the field of integrative education, all who want to deepen their understanding of its challenges and prospects, and all who want to practice and promote this vital approach to teaching and learning on their campuses."
- Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love by Arthur Zajonc - "(he) developed his orientation toward meditation through working with hundreds of university students and professors..." This book is full of techniques of contemplation and meditation that can be used to enhance learning in all sorts of classrooms.
- Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education – Chickering, Dalton, Stamm – A sourcebook of policies and programming used in colleges and universities to integrate and deepen students' educational experiences.
- Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith by Sharon Daloz Parks. She is a scholar and author focused on student’s search for “the big picture” in higher education.
- Powerpoint on Contemplative Inquiry (PDF) created by Rev. Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC, based on the work of Arthur Zajonc and others.
- Living like a Roman Emperor: the Stoic Life (PDF)
- Mindfulness Training Boosts Test Scores
References From Previous Workshops
- Keith Johnstone, Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
- Augusto Boal, Games for Actors and Non-Actors
- Anne Bogart, The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition
- Paul Woodruff, Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue