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STS Workshop: Experimental-Experiential-Pedagogical Forms of Awareness

When May 07, 2010
from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 912 Sproul Hall
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Please RSVP to Joe Dumit,


Tanya Luhrmann: "Hearing God (and other stuff)"

Clifford Saron: "Goals in a pathless land: Effects of intensive
meditation on well-being, attention and emotion regulation"

Sylvia Sensiper: "Stress, Enlightenment and the Open Mind: Teaching
Students to Meditate"

Alan Klima: "What is the drug? Some Problems in Clinical Trials of
Medicalized Meditation"

There will be pizza, but please RSVP!

About the Speakers:

Alan Klima, 

Is Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at UC Davis, where he
teaches a class on meditation. He has done research on meditation in
Thai Buddhism over the last 20 years, and is currently beginning a
project on "The Meditation Machine," a broad name for the
human-science interface that awareness of mind exploits to its
advantage and through which it may be propagating itself. He is the
author of The Funeral Casino: Meditation, Massacre, and Exchange with
the Dead in Thailand.

Tanya Luhrmann, 

Professor of Anthropology at Stanford is an
anthropologist learning to do experiments to understand the way people
experience the supernatural. She is the author of Persuasions of the
Witch's Craft; The Good Parsi; Of two Minds: an anthropologist look at
modern psychiatry, and many articles on spirituality and on psychosis.

Sylvia Sensiper, 

Program Director at UC Davis Extension, is a
researcher and  artist. Her video, Films are Dreams that Wander in the
Light of Day examines romanticized views of Tibet and Tibetan
Buddhism.  She teaches the freshman seminar, Contemporary American
Buddhism: How Meditation Became a Part of the Mainstream. Her current
research projects are concerned with reform efforts aimed at
California’s foster care system.

Clifford Saron, 

Ph.D., is an Associate Research Scientist at the
Center for Mind and Brain and M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of
California at Davis. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the
Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1999 studying the
electrophysiology of interhemispheric visuomotor integration under the
direction of Herbert Vaughan, Jr. Dr. Saron has had a long-standing
interest in brain and behavioral effects of meditation practice and
has been faculty at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute and is
currently a member of the Program and Research Council of the Mind and
Life Institute. In the early 1990's he was centrally involved in a
field research project investigating Tibetan Buddhist mind training in
collaboration with Jose Cabezón, Richard Davidson, Francisco Varela,
Alan Wallace and others under the auspices of the Private Office of
H.H. the Dalai Lama and the Mind and Life Institute. Currently, in
collaboration with Buddhist scholar Alan Wallace and a consortium of
over 30 scientists and researchers at UC Davis and elsewhere, he is
Principal Investigator of The Shamatha Project, a unique longitudinal
study of intensive meditation training based on the practice of
meditative quiescence (shamatha) and cultivation of the four
immeasureables (loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and
equanimity). The project, focused on changes in attention-related
skills and emotion regulation, is the most comprehensive multimethod
study to date regarding the potential effects of long-term intensive
meditation practice on basic mental and physical processes related to
cognition, emotion, health physiology, and motivation. His other
primary research interest focuses on investigating brain and
behavioral correlates of sensory processing and multisensory
integration in children on the autistic spectrum.

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