Contemplative Studies Curriculum Development

This session explores curriculum development in contemplative studies at several levels, from specific topics and course syllabi to the potential for developing an interdisciplinary PhD program in contemplative studies at LMU.

Context: In September 2017, teachers and scholars from over twenty colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada convened for a “Think Tank on Contemplative Studies,” sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute and hosted by Brown University. In addition to Brown, colleges and universities represented included CUNY (Brooklyn), Loyola Marymount University, Naropa University, Pennsylvania State (West Chester), Smith College, Saint Lawrence University, Texas Christian University, University of Michigan, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, and Vassar College. Faculty from among these institutions presented papers and shared syllabi as evidence of an increasingly wider presence of Contemplative studies in undergraduate education.

We will present an overview of selected syllabi from the Brown meeting in an effort to (1) encourage continuing dialog among faculty at LMU who already include aspects of contemplative pedgogy within their teaching, (2) to open that conversation to wider participation, and (3) explore a model through which undergraduate courses in contemplative studies have been implemented at Texas Christian University.
The session will conclude with an open-ended, free flowing conversation exploring how a PhD program might be crafted from our existing curricular and faculty strengths.

Facilitators: Paul Harris (CTE Faculty Associate, Professor of English), Chris Chapple (Professor of Theology) and Paul Humphreys (Professor of Music) 

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Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:30am

Center for Teaching Excellence
UNH 3030, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type

Faculty Event


Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)