Contemplative Studies Initiative & Concentration

  •  Please join Brown’s Department of Philosophy, the Contemplative Studies Initiative and the Department of Religious Studies for our fifth lecture in the Zen Comes West Series by Professor Bret Davis, Loyola University Maryland.  Professor Davis will lecture on Language and Experience in Zen and the Kyoto School on November 12th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, EST.  This is a hybrid event which will be held simultaneously in Smith Buonanno 106 and via Zoom.  To receive a Zoom link, please contact [email protected].  The lecture is free and open to the public. 





  • We are excited to be able to offer an array of Contemplative Studies courses for Spring 2022. Click to learn more!

  • Zen Comes West Lecture Series is now featuring the fourth lecture in our series by Professor Richard Jaffe, Duke Universiy. 

  • Congratulations to Ed! Click to read more about this exceptional student!

  •  Contemplative Studies honors the people and cultures of Asia from whom we take the inspiration for the unique perspectives of our field.  From them, we take seriously the premise that contemplative experience must fully and critically inform our studies of human nature and the social and environmental contexts we inhabit. We value all the diverse peoples and cultures of the world and unequivocally condemn the wave of anti-Asian racism sweeping our country at the moment.  (FOR A COMPLETE STATEMENT, PLEASE CLICK ON THE ABOVE TITLE)





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Faculty Profile

Rose McDermott

Rose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.   She works in the areas of political psychology.  She received her Ph.D.(Political Science) and M.A. (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford University and has also taught at Cornell and UCSB.  She works on a wide variety of topics including  gender, experimentation, national security intelligence, social identity, cybersecurity, emotion and decision-making, and the biological and genetic bases of political behavior. At Brown, she teaches introduction to International Relations, American Foreign Policy, War and Politics and seminars in political psychology,  war in film and literature and women and nations.  She has been practicing meditation for over 30 years and participated in the Mind Fitness training program with the US Marine Corps. 


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