Contemplative Studies Concentration Approved by CCC

The College Curriculum Council has approved Contemplative Studies as a scholarly concentration, the first of its kind in North America.  The concentration will have two main tracks, one focused on the sciences, and the other on the humanities.  Both tracks require coursework in neuroscience, cognitive science as well as philosophy and religion. For more details,  please check out the Brown Daily Herald article announcing the news.

(Distributed May 20, 2014)

Sharon Salzberg to visit Brown Contemplative Studies Initative

Sharon SalzbergSharon SalzbergBrown Contemplative Studies Initiative is pleased to announce a visit by renowned meditation leader, Sharon Salzberg on November 1st and 2nd.  Sharon has been a student of meditation since 1971 and leading retreats worldwide since 1974.  She teaches both intensive awareness practice (vispassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma Viharas).

(Distributed October 9, 2013)

CSI Professor Tori Smith Publishes New Book

Brown University Hispanic Studies Professor and long time Contemplative Studies Initiative faculty member, Victoria Pehl Smith, has published a new book on yogic practice particularly aimed at stressed out college students.  Titled, Yoga for College: Balance and Transformation, is an e-book, available for purchase at the following site:

(Distributed October 7, 2013)

The Oliver Hill Contemplative Practice Scholarship

On July 7th, 2020, our dear friend and colleague, Oliver White Hill, Jr., died unexpectedly at his home in Richmond, Virginia.  Oliver, nicknamed “Duke,” was a Professor of Psychology and held several positions at Virginia State University.  Recently retired, he served as chair of the Psychology department and as interim dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences.

(Distributed March 4, 2013)
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