The global state of mind — mental or psychological health — is in urgent and indisputable need of transformation, according to the World Health Organization’s 2022 worldwide report. Symptoms of hopelessness, depression, despair, addiction, suicide, and substance abuse are at alarming levels, and rising at alarming rates. In 2021, the United States Surgeon General issued a formal public health Advisory on this issue: generating awareness for the mental health crisis particularly among the population most vulnerable to severe suffering and disease, young adults and adolescents.

The Awakened Campus Global Conference convenes leading thinkers from universities around the world to speak on the discovery and application of a scientific, evidence-based solution — one that is equivalent to the world’s leading vaccine and offers the highest levels of prevention and protection against onset and development of severe disease. The administration of the “shot” for this “vaccine” against psychological disease in truth comes from a birthright within the human. We all are born, “hard wired” with an innate capacity to participate in and awaken to a transcendent relationship with a higher power (however one calls the ultimate loving, guiding life force) and feel this sacred presence in our relationship to fellow human beings and Earth.

Demonstrated across multiple levels of analysis (MRI, genotyping, epidemiology) and leading peer-reviewed published studies, Awakened Awareness to our natural, innate spirituality is not only robustly protective against disease, but central to our human nature for optimum thriving and wholeness.

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   The global state of mind — mental or psychological health — is in urgent and indisputable need of transformation, according to the World Health Organization’s 2022 worldwide report. Symptoms of hopelessness, depression, despair, addiction, suicide, and substance abuse are at alarming levels, and rising at alarming rates. In 2021, the United States Surgeon General issued a formal public health Advisory on this issue: generating awareness for the mental health crisis particularly among the population most vulnerable to severe suffering and disease, young adults and adolescents.

The Awakened Campus Global Conference convenes leading thinkers from universities around the world to speak on the discovery and application of a scientific, evidence-based solution — one that is equivalent to the world’s leading vaccine and offers the highest levels of prevention and protection against onset and development of severe disease. The administration of the “shot” for this “vaccine” against psychological disease in truth comes from a birthright within the human. We all are born, “hard wired” with an innate capacity to participate in and awaken to a transcendent relationship with a higher power (however one calls the ultimate loving, guiding life force) and feel this sacred presence in our relationship to fellow human beings and Earth.

Demonstrated across multiple levels of analysis (MRI, genotyping, epidemiology) and leading peer-reviewed published studies, Awakened Awareness to our natural, innate spirituality is not only robustly protective against disease, but central to our human nature for optimum thriving and wholeness.

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The aim of the Awakened Campus Global Conference is to create a collaborative global network of higher education institutions to integrate spirituality in their activities. The overall goal is to help the formation of spiritual awareness of students, faculty and university leaders through support of spirituality in the student faculty and student advisor relationship, campus culture, mission, shared relational values, residential programs, and range of pedagogy.

The Awakened Campus Global Conference mainly but not exclusively focuses on teachers education, medical education, and business education. So we are looking for establishing partnership with teachers colleges, medical schools, and business schools as well as with alternative institutions of higher learning.

Invited speakers from USA, Europe, and India will present their experience and best practices in integrating spirituality in higher education and help to co-create projects with participating institutions in curriculum, research, and extracurriculum development areas, and facilitate the collaboration of faculty and university leaders to promote spiritual awareness in higher education and professional practices.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

All dates are in EST (New York Time)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

  10:00-10:50 | Introduction: A Time of Opportunity

   Lisa Miller (Columbia University) and Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest) | 20 minute lectures with 10 minute discussions

  10:50-11:00 | Break

  11:00-11:50 | Integrating Spirituality into Higher   Education

  Robert Thurman (Columbia Univeristy), David Lorimer (Galileo Commission), Marjorie Woollacott (University of Oregon) | 3 x12 minute lectures with 12 minute discussions

  11:50-12:00 | Break

  12:00-12:50 | Business & Management

  Chris Laszlo (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland), Surya Tahora (SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai), and Hitendra Wadhwa (Columbia University) | 3 x12 minute lectures with 12 minute discussions

  12:50-13:00 | Closing

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

  10:00-10:50 | Spirituality Realized in Higher Education

  Steven Rockefeller (Former Dean, Middlebury College, Earth Charter), Ofra Mayseless (University of Haifa), Bernadette Flanagan (Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, Dublin) | 3 x12 minute lectures with 12 minute discussions

  10:50-11:00 | Break

  11:00-11:55 | Science and Spirituality

  Dean Radin (Institute of Noetic Sciences & California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco), Marilyn Schlitz (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University), Julia Mossbridge (Northwestern), Tyler Norris (National Alliance for Mental Health, Arlington) | 4 x12  minute lectures with 7 minute discussions

  11:55-12:00 | Break

  12:00-12:45 | Spiritual Development in Students

   Sanjoy Mukherjee (Indian Institute of Management, Shillong), Charlotte Rotterdam (Naropa University, Boulder), Miguel Farias (Oxford University) | 3 x12 minute lectures with 9 minute discussions

  12:45-13:00 | VISION FOR THE FUTURE

  13:00-13:30 | Opportunity for our Future; Town Hall for All Convening

  13:30-14:30 | Global Student Convening

  Moderated 100% by Students!

The aim of the Awakened Campus Global Conference is to create a collaborative global network of higher education institutions to integrate spirituality in their activities. The overall goal is to help the formation of spiritual awareness of students, faculty and university leaders through support of spirituality in the student faculty and student advisor relationship, campus culture, mission, shared relational values, residential programs, and range of pedagogy.

The Awakened Campus Global Conference mainly but not exclusively focuses on teachers education, medical education, and business education. So we are looking for establishing partnership with teachers colleges, medical schools, and business schools as well as with alternative institutions of higher learning.

Invited speakers from USA, Europe, and India will present their experience and best practices in integrating spirituality in higher education and help to co-create projects with participating institutions in curriculum, research, and extracurriculum development areas, and facilitate the collaboration of faculty and university leaders to promote spiritual awareness in higher education and professional practices.

Conference Schedule

All dates are in EST  (New York Time)

  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

10:00-10:50 | Introduction: A Time of Opportunity

Lisa Miller (Columbia University) and Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest) | 20 minute lectures with 10 minute discussions

10:50-11:00 | Break

11:00-11:50 | Integrating Spirituality into Higher   Education

Robert Thurman (Columbia Univeristy), David Lorimer (Galileo Commission), Marjorie Woollacott (University of Oregon) | 3 x12 minute lectures with 12 minute discussions

11:50-12:00 | Break

12:00-12:50 | Business & Management

Chris Laszlo (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland), Surya Tahora (SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai), and Hitendra    Wadhwa (Columbia University) | 3 x12 minute lectures with 12 minute discussions

  12:50-13:00 | Closing

  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

10:00-10:50 | Spirituality Realized in Higher Education

Steven Rockefeller (Former Dean, Middlebury College, Earth Charter), Ofra Mayseless (University of Haifa), Bernadette Flanagan (Spirituality          Institute for Research and Education, Dublin) | 3 x12 minute lectures with 12 minute discussions

10:50-11:00 | Break

11:00-11:55 | Science and Spirituality

Dean Radin (Institute of Noetic Sciences & California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco), Marilyn Schlitz (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University), Julia Mossbridge (Northwestern), Tyler Norris (National Alliance for Mental Health, Arlington) | 4 x12 minute lectures with 7 minute discussions

11:55-12:00 | Break

12:00-12:45 | Spiritual Development in Students

Sanjoy Mukherjee (Indian Institute of Management, Shillong), Charlotte Rotterdam (Naropa University, Boulder), Miguel Farias (Oxford University) | 3 x12 minute lectures with 9 minute discussions

12:45-13:00 | VISION FOR THE FUTURE

13:00-13:30 | Opportunity for our Future; Town Hall for All Convening

13:30-14:30 | Global Student Convening

Moderated 100% by Students!

Dr. Lisa Miller

CONFERENCE CHAIR

Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College and Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology. Dr. Miller is a foremost scientist on spirituality across the lifespan, with her work published in top research journals including JAMAPsychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her innovative research has focused on quantifiable effects of spirituality in health, resilience and thriving, and an overall sacred and joyful life. Her clinical and consultation work focuses on spiritual awareness and spiritual growth, for individuals, families, groups and organizations. Dr. Miller is the author of The Spiritual Child; The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving and The Awakened Brain; The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life. She is the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality and Co-Editor of the APA journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice. She has been elected as Fellow by the American Psychological Association, as well as for the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award of graduate students. A graduate of Yale, she received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania from Martin Seligman.

Dr. Laszlo Zsolnai

CONFERENCE CHAIR

Professor and Director of the Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University of Budapest. He is Associate Member of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He also serves as President of the European SPES Institute in Leuven, Belgium. 

Conference Paper Title: “Spirituality and the Profession”

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Dr. Miguel Farias

Founding director of the Brain, Belief, & Behaviour lab at Coventry University where he is an Associate Professor, and the Director of Psychological Studies at SCIO, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He is an expert on the science of meditation, and in the interaction between cognitive-behavioural and biological aspects of spiritual practices and experiences. He studied at the University of Lisbon, followed by a doctorate in experimental psychology at Oxford University (2000-2004), and an MA in the study of religion/religious experience at the University of Wales, Lampeter (2005). He was a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University and Oxford University (2005-2007) and a Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University (2008-2013). He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator in 14 research grants, and his work has been reported across international newspaper and magazines, radio and tv documentaries. He has written for New Scientist, Spectator, and the BBC. In 2017 he won the William Bier award, given by the American Psychological Association, Division 36, for his contributions to the psychological study of spirituality. His book The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?, with Catherine Wikholm, has been translated into various languages.

Dr. Bernadette Flanagan

 

Director of Spirituality in Society and the Professions Research Group, South East Technological University, Ireland. She is Chairperson of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, and she has served as President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

Conference Paper Title: “Teaching Spirituality in Ireland”

Dr. Chris Laszlo

 

Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, where he researches and teaches flourishing enterprise. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management and past Chair of the MSR Interest Group at AOM.

Conference Paper Title: “Global Challenges as Opportunity to Transform Business for Good”

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Mr. David Lorimer 

David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA, is a writer, lecturer, poet, editor and spiritual activist who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network (www.scientificandmedical.net) and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society (www.swedenborgsociety.org.uk). He has also been editor of Paradigm Explorer since 1986 and completed his 100th issue in 2019. He was the instigator of the Beyond the Brain conference series in 1995 (www.beyondthebrain.org) and has co-ordinated the Mystics and Scientists conferences every year since the late 1980s.

Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, he is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Survival? Death as Transition (1984, 2017) Resonant Mind (originally Whole in One) (1990/2017), The Spirit of Science (1998), Thinking Beyond the Brain (2001), The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson). He has edited three books about the Bulgarian sage Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov): Prophet for our Times (1991, 2015), The Circle of Sacred Dance, and Gems of Love, which is a translation of his prayers and formulas into English. His book on the ideas and work of the Prince of Wales – Radical Prince (2003) – has been translated into Dutch, Spanish and French. His new book of essays, A Quest for Wisdom was published in 2021.

David is also Chair of the Galileo Commission (www.galileocommission.org) which seeks the expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view. In 2020 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Visionary Leader by the Visioneers International Network and the 2021 Aboca Human Ecology Prize. He is a Creative Member of the Club of Budapest.

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Dr. Ofra Mayseless

 

Professor of developmental psychology and fromer dean at the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel. She is the head of the Center for the Study of Human Spirit.

Conference Paper Title: “A Vision for the Farther Reaches of Spirituality”

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Dr. Julia Mossbridge

Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biophysics and Physics at University of San Diego, a fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, principal consultant for the Blue Sky Task Force at California Institute for Integral Studies, the co-founder of TILT: The Institute for Love and Time, the founder of Mossbridge Institute and an author and co-author of multiple books and scientific articles related to time travel, artificial intelligence and unconditional love. Her PhD is in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Northwestern University), her MA is in Neuroscience (UC San Francisco), and she was awarded her BA in Neuroscience with highest honors (Oberlin College).

Dr. Sanjoy Mukherjee

Associate Professor of Sustainability and Liberal Studies academic group at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong. He is the Chairperson of the Institute’s Annual International Sustainability Conference (SUSCON). A Mechanical Engineering graduate from Jadavpur University Kolkata, he did his post-graduation in Management from IIM Calcutta and PhD from Jadavpur University. After a corporate experience of nearly seven years, he had a long stint as a Faculty at the Management Centre for Human Values of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. His areas of interest and research include Wisdom Leadership, Management by Human Values, Enlightened Management and Spirituality, Sustainability of the Self and the Organization, Management and Indian Ethos, East- West Synthesis in Management, Business Ethics, CSR, History and Philosophy of Management, Management and Liberal Arts, and Alternative Sources and Methods of Learning. He has lectured and presented in Conferences worldwide including such prestigious forums like Aspen Institute, Oxford Roundtable, Globethics Geneva, International Society for Business Ethics and Economics, Harvard Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Stockholm Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest, Norwegian School of Economics at Bergen, UNESCO Paris, China Europe International Business School, Coller Business School, Tel Aviv University, Israel among others. For nearly a decade he was the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Human Values, the bi-annual international journal from Sage Publications. He has published several papers and articles in national and international journals. He has jointly edited two books from Oxford University Press and Globethics Publications.

Presently two of his books have just been published:
1. ‘Global Perspectives on Indian Spirituality in Management: The Legacy of S K Chakraborty’
edited jointly with Laszlo Zsolnai from Springer Nature, July 2022
2. ‘Looking East: Indian Wisdom for Modern Management’ (sole author)
from Peter LangInternational Academic Publishers, Oxford, U.K., April 2022

Mr. Tyler Norris

Board Chair of Naropa University; co-Chair of the CEO Alliance for Mental Health; and Board Member for Mindful Philanthropy, the National Academies of Sciences’ Child Well Being Forum, Build Healthy Places Network, the Fireside Project, and the Global Flourishing Study. He was recently named as Visiting Fellow of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Until recently, Tyler served as founding CEO of Well Being Trust for its first 5½ years was an impact philanthropy with a mission to advance mental, social and spiritual health of the United States. In this period, Well Being Trust invested over $65 million in 200+ initiatives and helped build a portfolio of sustaining organizations to accelerate the social movement for mental health and well-being. Previously, Tyler led Total Health at Kaiser Permanente. Tyler helped start Step Denver; facilitated the opening of the Abraham Path through the heart of the Middle East; and led the Kuhiston Foundation to help establish the national park system and micro-finance in Tajikistan. Tyler is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program, earned a Master of Divinity from Naropa University, and has a bachelor’s degree in World Political Economy from Colorado College.

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Dr. Dean Radin

Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Associated Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and chairman of the biotech company, Cognigenics. He earned an MS (electrical engineering) and a PhD (psychology) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and in 2022 was awarded an Honorary DSc (Doctor of Science) from the Swami Vivekananda University in Bangalore, India (an institution of higher learning accredited by the Indian governmentand specializing in yoga practice and research).

Before joining the IONS research staff in 2001, Radin worked at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He has given over 650 talks and interviews worldwide, and he is author or coauthor of some 300 scientific and popular articles, four dozen book chapters, and nine books, four of which have been translated into 15 foreign languages: The Conscious Universe (1997, HarperCollins), Entangled Minds (2006, Simon & Schuster), Supernormal (2013, RandomHouse), and Real Magic (2018, PenguinRandomHouse).

Conference Paper Title: “Reconsidering Academic Beliefs About Belief in the Paranormal”

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Dr. Steven Rockefeller

Professor Emeritus of Religion at Middlebury College, where he served as Dean of the College. He received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion from Columbia University. He is the author of John Dewey: Religious Faith and Democratic Humanism) and the co-editor of two books of essays, The Christ and the Bodhisattva and Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue. One major focus in his books and essays is the interrelation of spirituality, democracy, and ecology.

Professor Rockefeller was centrally involved in the creation of the Earth Charter, an international declaration of global interdependence with fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Active in the field of philanthropy, for three decades, he served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, an international foundation, and chaired the Fund’s board from 1998 to 2006. He is the founding president of the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and of the Otter Creek Child Care Center in Middlebury Vermont. Since 2017, he has served as co-chair of the board of trustees for the Collaborative for Spirituality in Education, and he is the author of a new book, Spiritual Democracy and Our Schools.

Ms. Charlotte Rotterdam

Director of Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She is an Instructor in Naropa’s graduate and undergraduate departments and codeveloped and teaches Naropa’s Mindful Compassion Training.

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Dr. Marilyn Schlitz

Acclaimed social scientist, award-winning author, and charismatic public speaker. She has conducted clinical, laboratory and field-based research into consciousness, human transformation, and healing. Her books include Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life; Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine; and Death Makes Life Possible (and companion film by same title). Having taught at Stanford, Harvard, and Trinity University, she is currently Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, CEO/President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Schlitz has published hundreds of articles in scholarly journals and popular publications, and has lectured extensively in diverse venues, including the United Nations, Smithsonian Institution, Commonwealth Club, and community groups across the world.

Dr. Surya Tahora

Professor and Executive Director of Centre for Wisdom in Leadership at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPIMR) in Mumbai. He teaches Science of Spirituality courses to MBA students and executives.

Conference Paper Title: “Wisdom for Leadership Development”

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Robert A. F. Thurman

Robert Thurman held the first endowed chair in Buddhist Studies in the West, the Jey Tsong Khapa Chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, before retiring in June of 2019. Educated at Philips Exeter and Harvard, he then studied Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, and Asian languages and histories for fifty years with many teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama (C. U. Ph.D., hc, 1989). He has written substantial scholarly works, founding and editing a new series through Columbia University Press, Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences. He also writes popular books, lecturing all over the world in the “public intellectual” tradition, with special concern for ethics and human rights in general, and the fate of the endangered Tibetan culture and people in particular. His main academic interest is in the Indo-Tibetan philosophical, scientific, and psychological traditions and their history, with a view to their all-too-little-known relevance to critical contemporary currents of thought in philosophy, science and spirituality, especially concerning the undeniable role of mind in nature.

Email: tbt7@columbia.edu

Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa

Author of “Inner Mastery, Outer Impact: How Your Five Core Energies Hold the Key to Success”. His mission is to discover, codify and teach the laws of success in life and leadership. With an MBA and PhD from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a lifelong study of the world’s mystic traditions, Wadhwa brings a mathematician’s rigor and a truth-seeker’s spirit to some of today’s most vexing questions about authenticity, success, leadership, and human potential.

As Professor at Columbia Business School and Founder of the Mentora Institute, Hitendra has coached dozens of Fortune 100 C-suite executives and taught more than ten thousand MBAs, executives, doctors, lawyers, social activists and educators. His class on Personal Leadership & Success is one of the most popular at Columbia Business School, for which he has won the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Hitendra’s work has been covered by leading media including Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and more. Hitendra’s lessons, says the BBC World Service, “are about how to become a master of yourself before trying to be a master of the universe.” Psychology Today states, “The award-winning professor promises not how to make a living, but how to live.”

Wadhwa’s Mentora Institute is at the forefront of creating a simple, inspiring and personalized approach to developing leaders. His clients include Accenture, Chevron, Ericsson, Kraft Heinz, Lululemon, Morgan Stanley, New York Times, SAP, the Tata Group and United Health Group. His nonprofit Mentora Foundation is developing a fellowship of global changemakers who are committed to building a principled world by strengthening the moral, mental and social fibers in their families, organizations, communities, and nations, starting with their own selves.

Dr. Marjorie Woollacott

 

Professor and former Chair of the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon, and a member of the Institute of Neuroscience. She taught courses in neuroscience and rehabilitation, as well as complementary medicine and meditation. She is President of the Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences (AAPS), Research Director for the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and Co-director of the Galileo Commission. Her current research interests are in meditation, spiritual awakening, end-of-life experiences and after-deathcommunication. She has published more than 200 scientific articles and written or co-edited nine books, including Is Consciousness Primary? and Spiritual Awakenings: Scientists and Academics Describe their Experiences. Her latest book, Infinite Awareness (2015) (winner of eight awards, including the 2017 Parapsychological Association Book Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award and the Nautilus Book Award) pairs Woollacott’s research as a neuroscientist with her self-revelations about the mind’s spiritual power.

Conference Paper Title: “Spiritual Awakening and Transformation in Scientists and Academics”

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Ryan Suspanic

Email: rms2188@tc.columbia.edu

Dr. Lisa Miller

CONFERENCE CHAIR

Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College and Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology. Dr. Miller is a foremost scientist on spirituality across the lifespan, with her work published in top research journals including JAMAPsychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her innovative research has focused on quantifiable effects of spirituality in health, resilience and thriving, and an overall sacred and joyful life. Her clinical and consultation work focuses on spiritual awareness and spiritual growth, for individuals, families, groups and organizations. Dr. Miller is the author of The Spiritual Child; The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving and The Awakened Brain; The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life. She is the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality and Co-Editor of the APA journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice. She has been elected as Fellow by the American Psychological Association, as well as for the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award of graduate students. A graduate of Yale, she received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania from Martin Seligman.

Dr. Laszlo Zsolnai

CONFERENCE CHAIR

Professor and Director of the Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University of Budapest. He is Associate Member of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He also serves as President of the European SPES Institute in Leuven, Belgium.

Conference Paper Title: “Spirituality and the Profession”

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Dr. Miguel Farias

Founding director of the Brain, Belief, & Behaviour lab at Coventry University where he is an Associate Professor, and the Director of Psychological Studies at SCIO, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He is an expert on the science of meditation, and in the interaction between cognitive-behavioural and biological aspects of spiritual practices and experiences. He studied at the University of Lisbon, followed by a doctorate in experimental psychology at Oxford University (2000-2004), and an MA in the study of religion/religious experience at the University of Wales, Lampeter (2005). He was a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University and Oxford University (2005-2007) and a Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University (2008-2013). He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator in 14 research grants, and his work has been reported across international newspaper and magazines, radio and tv documentaries. He has written for New Scientist, Spectator, and the BBC. In 2017 he won the William Bier award, given by the American Psychological Association, Division 36, for his contributions to the psychological study of spirituality. His book The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?, with Catherine Wikholm, has been translated into various languages.

Dr. Bernadette Flanagan

Director of Spirituality in Society and the Professions Research Group, South East Technological University, Ireland. She is Chairperson of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, and she has served as President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

Conference Paper Title: “Teaching Spirituality in Ireland”

Dr. Chris Laszlo

Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, where he researches and teaches flourishing enterprise. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management and past Chair of the MSR Interest Group at AOM.

Conference Paper Title: “Global Challenges as Opportunity to Transform Business for Good”

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Mr. David Lorimer

David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA, is a writer, lecturer, poet, editor and spiritual activist who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network (www.scientificandmedical.net) and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society (www.swedenborgsociety.org.uk). He has also been editor of Paradigm Explorer since 1986 and completed his 100th issue in 2019. He was the instigator of the Beyond the Brain conference series in 1995 (www.beyondthebrain.org) and has co-ordinated the Mystics and Scientists conferences every year since the late 1980s.

Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, he is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Survival? Death as Transition (1984, 2017) Resonant Mind (originally Whole in One) (1990/2017), The Spirit of Science (1998), Thinking Beyond the Brain (2001), The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson). He has edited three books about the Bulgarian sage Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov): Prophet for our Times (1991, 2015), The Circle of Sacred Dance, and Gems of Love, which is a translation of his prayers and formulas into English. His book on the ideas and work of the Prince of Wales – Radical Prince (2003) – has been translated into Dutch, Spanish and French. His new book of essays, A Quest for Wisdom was published in 2021.

David is also Chair of the Galileo Commission (www.galileocommission.org) which seeks the expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view. In 2020 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Visionary Leader by the Visioneers International Network and the 2021 Aboca Human Ecology Prize. He is a Creative Member of the Club of Budapest.

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Dr. Ofra Mayseless

Professor of developmental psychology and fromer dean at the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel. She is the head of the Center for the Study of Human Spirit

Conference Paper Title: “A Vision for the Farther Reaches of Spirituality”

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Dr. Julia Mossbridge

Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biophysics and Physics at University of San Diego, a fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, principal consultant for the Blue Sky Task Force at California Institute for Integral Studies, the co-founder of TILT: The Institute for Love and Time, the founder of Mossbridge Institute and an author and co-author of multiple books and scientific articles related to time travel, artificial intelligence and unconditional love. Her PhD is in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Northwestern University), her MA is in Neuroscience (UC San Francisco), and she was awarded her BA in Neuroscience with highest honors (Oberlin College).

Dr. Sanjoy Mukherjee

Associate Professor of Sustainability and Liberal Studies academic group at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong. He is the Chairperson of the Institute’s Annual International Sustainability Conference (SUSCON). A Mechanical Engineering graduate from Jadavpur University Kolkata, he did his post-graduation in Management from IIM Calcutta and PhD from Jadavpur University. After a corporate experience of nearly seven years, he had a long stint as a Faculty at the Management Centre for Human Values of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. His areas of interest and research include Wisdom Leadership, Management by Human Values, Enlightened Management and Spirituality, Sustainability of the Self and the Organization, Management and Indian Ethos, East- West Synthesis in Management, Business Ethics, CSR, History and Philosophy of Management, Management and Liberal Arts, and Alternative Sources and Methods of Learning. He has lectured and presented in Conferences worldwide including such prestigious forums like Aspen Institute, Oxford Roundtable, Globethics Geneva, International Society for Business Ethics and Economics, Harvard Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Stockholm Business School, Corvinus University of Budapest, Norwegian School of Economics at Bergen, UNESCO Paris, China Europe International Business School, Coller Business School, Tel Aviv University, Israel among others. For nearly a decade he was the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Human Values, the bi-annual international journal from Sage Publications. He has published several papers and articles in national and international journals. He has jointly edited two books from Oxford University Press and Globethics Publications.

 

Presently two of his books have just been published:
1. ‘Global Perspectives on Indian Spirituality in Management: The Legacy of S K
Chakraborty’ edited jointly with Laszlo Zsolnai from Springer Nature, July 2022
2. ‘Looking East: Indian Wisdom for Modern Management’ (sole author) from Peter Lang
International Academic Publishers, Oxford, U.K., April 2022

Mr. Tyler Norris

Board Chair of Naropa University; co-Chair of the CEO Alliance for Mental Health; and Board Member for Mindful Philanthropy, the National Academies of Sciences’ Child Well Being Forum, Build Healthy Places Network, the Fireside Project, and the Global Flourishing Study. He was recently named as Visiting Fellow of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Until recently, Tyler served as founding CEO of Well Being Trust for its first 5½ years was an impact philanthropy with a mission to advance mental, social and spiritual health of the United States. In this period, Well Being Trust invested over $65 million in 200+ initiatives and helped build a portfolio of sustaining organizations to accelerate the social movement for mental health and well-being. Previously, Tyler led Total Health at Kaiser Permanente. Tyler helped start Step Denver; facilitated the opening of the Abraham Path through the heart of the Middle East; and led the Kuhiston Foundation to help establish the national park system and micro-finance in Tajikistan. Tyler is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership Program, earned a Master of Divinity from Naropa University, and has a bachelor’s degree in World Political Economy from Colorado College.

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Dr. Dean Radin

Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Associated Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and chairman of the biotech company, Cognigenics. He earned an MS (electrical engineering) and a PhD (psychology) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and in 2022 was awarded an Honorary DSc (Doctor of Science) from the Swami Vivekananda University in Bangalore, India (an institution of higher learning accredited by the Indian governmentand specializing in yoga practice and research).

Before joining the IONS research staff in 2001, Radin worked at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He has given over 650 talks and interviews worldwide, and he is author or coauthor of some 300 scientific and popular articles, four dozen book chapters, and nine books, four of which have been translated into 15 foreign languages: The Conscious Universe (1997, HarperCollins), Entangled Minds (2006, Simon & Schuster), Supernormal (2013, RandomHouse), and Real Magic (2018, PenguinRandomHouse).

Conference Paper Title: “Reconsidering Academic Beliefs About Belief in the Paranormal”

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Dr. Steven Rockefeller

Professor Emeritus of Religion at Middlebury College, where he served as Dean of the College. He received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion from Columbia University. He is the author of John Dewey: Religious Faith and Democratic Humanism) and the co-editor of two books of essays, The Christ and the Bodhisattva and Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue. One major focus in his books and essays is the interrelation of spirituality, democracy, and ecology.

Professor Rockefeller was centrally involved in the creation of the Earth Charter, an international declaration of global interdependence with fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Active in the field of philanthropy, for three decades, he served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, an international foundation, and chaired the Fund’s board from 1998 to 2006. He is the founding president of the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and of the Otter Creek Child Care Center in Middlebury Vermont. Since 2017, he has served as co-chair of the board of trustees for the Collaborative for Spirituality in Education, and he is the author of a new book, Spiritual Democracy and Our Schools.

Ms. Charlotte Rotterdam

Director of Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She is an Instructor in Naropa’s graduate and undergraduate departments and codeveloped and teaches Naropa’s Mindful Compassion Training.

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Dr. Marilyn Schlitz

Acclaimed social scientist, award-winning author, and charismatic public speaker. She has conducted clinical, laboratory and field-based research into consciousness, human transformation, and healing. Her books include Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life; Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine; and Death Makes Life Possible (and companion film by same title). Having taught at Stanford, Harvard, and Trinity University, she is currently Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, CEO/President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Schlitz has published hundreds of articles in scholarly journals and popular publications, and has lectured extensively in diverse venues, including the United Nations, Smithsonian Institution, Commonwealth Club, and community groups across the world.

Dr. Surya Tahora

Professor and Executive Director of Centre for Wisdom in Leadership at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPIMR) in Mumbai. He teaches Science of Spirituality courses to MBA students and executives.

Conference Paper Title: “Wisdom for Leadership Development”

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Mr. Robert A. F. Thurman

Robert Thurman held the first endowed chair in Buddhist Studies in the West, the Jey Tsong Khapa Chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, before retiring in June of 2019. Educated at Philips Exeter and Harvard, he then studied Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, and Asian languages and histories for fifty years with many teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama (C. U. Ph.D., hc, 1989). He has written substantial scholarly works, founding and editing a new series through Columbia University Press, Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences. He also writes popular books, lecturing all over the world in the “public intellectual” tradition, with special concern for ethics and human rights in general, and the fate of the endangered Tibetan culture and people in particular. His main academic interest is in the Indo-Tibetan philosophical, scientific, and psychological traditions and their history, with a view to their all-too-little-known relevance to critical contemporary currents of thought in philosophy, science and spirituality, especially concerning the undeniable role of mind in nature.

Email: tbt7@columbia.edu

Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa

Author of “Inner Mastery, Outer Impact: How Your Five Core Energies Hold the Key to Success”. His mission is to discover, codify and teach the laws of success in life and leadership. With an MBA and PhD from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a lifelong study of the world’s mystic traditions, Wadhwa brings a mathematician’s rigor and a truth-seeker’s spirit to some of today’s most vexing questions about authenticity, success, leadership, and human potential.

As Professor at Columbia Business School and Founder of the Mentora Institute, Hitendra has coached dozens of Fortune 100 C-suite executives and taught more than ten thousand MBAs, executives, doctors, lawyers, social activists and educators. His class on Personal Leadership & Success is one of the most popular at Columbia Business School, for which he has won the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Hitendra’s work has been covered by leading media including Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and more. Hitendra’s lessons, says the BBC World Service, “are about how to become a master of yourself before trying to be a master of the universe.” Psychology Today states, “The award-winning professor promises not how to make a living, but how to live.”

Wadhwa’s Mentora Institute is at the forefront of creating a simple, inspiring and personalized approach to developing leaders. His clients include Accenture, Chevron, Ericsson, Kraft Heinz, Lululemon, Morgan Stanley, New York Times, SAP, the Tata Group and United Health Group. His nonprofit Mentora Foundation is developing a fellowship of global changemakers who are committed to building a principled world by strengthening the moral, mental and social fibers in their families, organizations, communities, and nations, starting with their own selves.

Dr. Marjorie Woollacott

Professor and former Chair of the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon, and a member of the Institute of Neuroscience. She taught courses in neuroscience and rehabilitation, as well as complementary medicine and meditation. She is President of the Academy for the Advancement of Post-Materialist Sciences (AAPS), Research Director for the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and Co-director of the Galileo Commission. Her current research interests are in meditation, spiritual awakening, end-of-life experiences and after-deathcommunication. She has published more than 200 scientific articles and written or co-edited nine books, including Is Consciousness Primary? and Spiritual Awakenings: Scientists and Academics Describe their Experiences. Her latest book, Infinite Awareness (2015) (winner of eight awards, including the 2017 Parapsychological Association Book Award, Eric Hoffer Book Award and the Nautilus Book Award) pairs Woollacott’s research as a neuroscientist with her self-revelations about the mind’s spiritual power.

Conference Paper Title: “Spiritual Awakening and Transformation in Scientists and Academics”

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