Renowned meditation leader and scholar, Shinzen Young visits the Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative as its firstShinzen Young at Meditation Workshop Contemplative Mentor in Residence. Shinzen has completed extensive training in Asia in each of three major Buddhist traditions, Vajrayana, Zen, and Vipassana. He is known for innovative "interactive, alogrithmic approach to mindfulness, a system designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjucnt to psychotherapy.
On August 31, Catherine E. Kerr, Director of Translational Neuroscience, Contemplative Studies Initiative, and AssistantCatherine Kerr Professor of Family Medicine, gave a plenary address to the North American Esther Thelan Research Symposium on "Embodying Neuroscience" held in San Mateo, CA. The lecture was titled, "Keeping Body Awareness in Mind: Top-Down Modulation of Sensorimotor Brain Rhythms as a Therapeutic Mechanism." Other plenary speakers included Dr.
Takeo WatanabeRenowned cognitive scientist, Takeo Watanabe, has moved his Visual Cognition Laboratory from Boston University to the Brown Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences. The new lab will be called the "Watanabe Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Learning," and includes Associate Professor Yuka Sasaki and a team of 20 post-doctoral and graduate students.
Erik Ehn's unique and critically acclaimed Soulographi, a "durational performance event" looking at 20th centuryErik Ehn America's relationships to genocides in the U.S., East Africa, and Central America and consisting of 17 individual plays independently produced in over a half dozen venues in the U.S., Poland, and several in East Africa, will be performed in one week at the La Mama Theatre in New York.
On October 5, Professor Harold D. Roth, Director of the Contemplative Harold RothStudies Initiative and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University, gave the 2012 Kathryn Fraser Mackay Memorial Lecture at St. Lawrence University. The lecture was titled "Contemplative Studies and the Liberal Arts."