The Catherine Kerr Vital Energy in Health and Healing Lecture and Workshop Series

          The Catherine Kerr Vital Energy in Health and Healing Series Mission

This speaker series was originally conceptualized by the late Catherine Kerr, PhD to catalyze a new field of integrated discovery around the role of vital energy ("Qi/chi") in health and healing. Building off of recent advances in the sciences, as well as the longstanding scholarship in the humanities examining how contemplative practices (eg meditation and qigong) may promote health, this speaker series will bring together humanistic, scientific, clinical, and practitioner perspectives. In honoring Cathy’s work and vision, this speaker series will provide an important forum to continue and deepen a critical interdisciplinary approach to studying the role of vital energy in health. We will accomplish this through the exploration of current and future scholarship and research pathways and collaborations.

The Kerr Vital Energy Research Collaborative Members:

Larson DiFiori, Stephanie Jones, Christopher Moore, Harold Roth, Simona Temereanca
Ibanescu, Chloe Zimmerman, Dylan Daniels, Anne Heyrman-Hart

Recorded Lectures and Workshops

Professor Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.D., LAc
Inaugural Lecture:  A Brief History of Qi:  From Ancient Cosmology to Modern Medical Practice
November 6, 2020

Professor David Palmer (University of Hong Kong)
Lecture:  Out of Ontological Bounds:  Researching Qi During China's Qigong Craze
With Response by Professor Nancy Chen (University of Califoria, Santa Cruz)
January 14, 2021


Roundtable Discussion 1
Professors Heiner Fruehauf, Nancy Chen and David Palmer
March 18, 2021


Roundtable Discussion 2
Masters Yang Yang, Kenmeth Cohen and Harrison Moretz
June 28, 2021