At Brown there are a number of professors who teach from a contemplative perspective or whose research includes a significant contemplative element; it is from this group that we would form the core faculty for the concentration. Some of them teach courses in which contemplative experience is studied primarily from a third-person approach; others primarily from a critical first-person approach; others blend both approaches. But all share a common vision that human contemplative experience is a valid and important subject for research and teaching. This group includes:
Kym Moore, Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, who incorporates contemplative practices into actor training in order to foster greater awareness, focus and presence into performance practice;
Supporting and Advisory Faculty
Thomas Coburn, Religious Studies Visiting Scholar, who studies South Asian Goddess traditions and contemplation within the liberal arts and who is the former President of Naropa University;
A Contemplative Studies Steering Committee has formed from this core group and will guide the concentration: Harold Roth, Amy Remensnyder, Catherine Kerr, Willoughby Britton, and Thomas Coburn.
Until the Concentration becomes established, the Contemplative Studies Initiative faculty members are willing to guide work in their own areas of expertise and support students interested in developing an independent concentration.