Clifford Symposium 2016

Fully Present: The Art and Science of Mindful Engagement

September 22–24, 2016

Illustration by Jasu Hu

Join us for three days of inquiry to explore the many ways mindfulness practices can-and do-touch our community.

This year’s theme ties together different strands of mindfulness work to reflect how these practices are currently shaping Middlebury and creating opportunities to build a more explicit contemplative culture.

Sessions will address the science supporting the effects of mindfulness practice on cognitive performance, general well-being, teaching and learning, creative engagement and compassionate leadership. We will consider how these practices can inform our efforts to cultivate an inclusive, socially just community.

We hope you will join us as we pause in our hectic schedules to breathe deeply and to be fully present!

Schedule

Throughout the symposium, the Davis Family Library invites you to explore mindfulness on your own schedule. Dip into a few recommended books on display, let a podcast walk you through a guided meditation, and disconnect from daily stressors in the Unplug and Recharge Room. All will be available during regular library hours.

Thursday, September 22

12:15 p.m.
Mead Chapel bells signal beginning of Clifford Symposium 2016

12:30–1:15 p.m.
“A Discipline of Looking”
with Tim Lilburn, eco-poet and philosopher
Hillcrest 103

Click here for a recording of Tim Lilburn's talk

5:00 p.m. Mead Chapel bells signal 30 minutes of silent reflection  

Mead Chapel will be open to the community

6:00 p.m.
Mindful Meals at Commons Houses; by invitation only.

7:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Amishi Jha
“Strengthening the Brain’s Attention System with Mindfulness Training.”  Click here for a recording of Dr. Jha's lecture and a story from the Middlebury Newsroom.

Introduction by Middlebury President Laurie L. Patton

Robison Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts

 

Friday, September 23

10:00 a.m.
Mead Chapel bells signal beginning of day’s events

10:00–11:30 a.m.
Practice Samplers in Virtue Field House
Participants are encouraged to try 25-minute introductions to a variety of contemplative practices:

  • Yoga with Jennifer Neil
  • Aikido with Linda White
  • Tai Chi with Sue Driscoll
  • Modern Qi Gong video practice with Lee Holden, led by Andrea Olsen and Nükhet Kardam
  • Walking and Being Earth with Marc Lapin
  • Sitting Meditation with Chessy Kelley

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Panel Discussion
“Mindfulness in Performance”
with Erin Quinn, Andrea Olsen, Nükhet Kardam, and Bob Hansen.  Click here for a recording of the discussion.
Wilson Hall

1:40–2:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion
“Mindfulness in Students’ Lives”
with Barbara McCall, Mandy Kimm, and Beatrijs “Bea” Kuijpers, Naomi Eisenberg, Eli Susman, and Cindy Esparza.  Click here for a  recording of the discussion.
Wilson Hall

2:30–3:00 p.m.
Student Poster Session
"Fully Present in Community" with students in the Privilege and Poverty Academic Cluster
Wilson Hall

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion
“Mindful Learning: Using Contemplative Practices to Support Academic and Personal Growth”
with Melissa Hammerle, Carole Cavanaugh, John Huddleston, and Catharine Wright.  Click here for a recording of the discussion.
Wilson Hall

4:10–5:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion
“Studying Mindfulness: Disciplinary Contexts”
with Kim Cronise, Bill Waldron, and John Spackman. Click here for a recording of the discussion.
Wilson Hall

4:10–5:30 p.m.
Conversation and Refreshments with the Founders of the Holistic Life Foundation
Anderson Freeman Resource Center; by invitation only

5:15–5:30 p.m.
Mead Chapel bells signal all-campus meditation in chapel and other locations

5:40–7:00 p.m.
Community Dinner at the Organic Farm
Join the Global Food and Farms Program for a family-style outdoor dinner. Feel free to come and meditate in this beautiful location from 5:15–5:30; pizzas from the wood-fired oven will be ready at 5:40. If you are walking, please use the path from Adirondack View Road rather than walking along Route 125. Seating is limited to 60. Please RSVP.   Update, Sept. 23:  We are expecting the rain to let up this afternoon, so we will go ahead and with our plan for an outdoor event!  Questions? Email Sophie Esser Calvi.

7:30–9:00 p.m.
Film Screening
The Fire Inside: Place, Passion and the Primacy of Nature (A Contemplative, Ecological Documentary Short)
Panel discussion to follow **
with Rebecca Kneale Gould, Marc Lapin, Tim Lilburn, and Michelle McCauley
Robison Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Saturday, September 24

8:30–10:00 a.m.
Practice Samplers at Mahaney Center for the Arts
Participants are encouraged to try 25-minute introductions to a variety of contemplative practices:

  • Yoga with Jennifer Neil
  • Aikido with Linda White
  • Tai Chi with Sue Driscoll
  • Modern Qi Gong video practice with Lee Holden, led by Andrea Olsen and Nükhet Kardam
  • Walking and Being Earth with Marc Lapin
  • Sitting Meditation with Chessy Kelley

10:15–11:30 a.m.
Interactive Workshop and Talk with the Holistic Life Foundation
“Designing Mindfulness-Based Programs for K-12 Students and Adults in Underserved Communities"
with Andres Gonzalez, Ali Smith, and Atman Smith
Mahaney Center for the Arts 221

11:30 a.m.–noon
Movement Matters: Mindful Inquiry Through Movement
with Maree ReMalia
Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre (room 110)

Noon
Closing Remarks -- Andi Lloyd, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty  Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theatre (room 110)

Mead Chapel bells signal end of Clifford Symposium 2016

Parking  Off-campus visitors should park in the Center for the Arts Parking lot.  Click here for parking map.