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Engaging with Meditative Inquiry in Teaching, Learning, & Research

A Free International Online Conference 
Aug 16-18, 2022

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Featuring thought-provoking presentations by a diverse group of scholars, teachers, practitioners, and artists on the transformative potential of meditative inquiry

Day 1, Aug 16

Morning Sessions

9:00 - 9:20

Land Acknowledgement and Welcome

Ashwani Kumar (Conference Chair)

Opening Remarks

Jacqueline Gahagan (Associate Vice President (Research) MSVU)

Antony Card (Dean of Education, MSVU)

Alice Salt (Editor at Routledge)

9:20 - 10:20

Engaging with Meditative Inquiry in Teaching, Learning, and Research

Ashwani Kumar - Introducing Meditative Inquiry and the Edited Collection

Adam Garry Podolski - Artmaking and Meditative Inquiry in the Spirit of Dialogical Collaboration

Break

10:30 - 12:00

Keynote Panel 1: The Contributions of Meditative Inquiry to the Field of Education

Michael Corbett - Educational Research Methodology and Meditative Inquiry: Three Meditations

Kent den Heyer - On Becoming Subjects to Our Learning and Lives

Lisa Merriweather - Someone Please Call 911: Meditative inquiry, Àṣẹ, and Spirit Murdering

Jack Miller - Meditative Inquiry/ My Journey

Afternoon Sessions

1:00 - 2:00

A Conversation on Meditative Inquiry 

Ashwani Kumar & William Pinar

Break

2:10 - 3:40

Journal Editors’ Panel: Meditative Inquiry and Holistic and Alternative Education Theories and Practices

Paul Freedman & Laurel Tien - Meditative Inquiry and Holistic Education: Resonant Practices 

Helen Lees - A Talent for Meditative Inquiry Through Alternative Education Concepts?

Carlo Ricci - The Connections I Make Between Self-determined Learning and Ashwani’s 7 Key Principles of Meditative Inquiry 

Teresa Strong-Wilson - Touching Interiority, Given Time and Space: A Journal Editor’s Perspective

Break

3:50 - 5:20

Holistic and Contemplative Education Scholar’s Panel

Ehaab Abdou - Reflecting on the Meditative Inquiry Volume in Relation to Contemplative Practices in the Classroom

Alexandra Fidyk - Silence as Generative Process & Practice

Martin Morrison - Exploring the Implications of Meditative Inquiry on Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy

and the “African Nova Scotian Dream Keepers”  

Darlene St. George - Visual and Poetic Storying: Threads of Creation-Centred Practice

Day 2, Aug 17

Morning Sessions

9:00 - 10:20

Book Contributors’ Panel 1: Reflection, Contemplation, and Meditative Inquiry

Adrian Downey - Mindset and Meditative Inquiry

Christina Flemming - Arts & Letters: Meditative Inquiry as Invitation

Chris McCaw & John Quay - Meditative Inquiry in Dialogue with Heideggerian, Deweyan, and Buddhist Praxis

Break

10:30 - 12:00

Book Contributors’ Panel 2: Dialogue and Meditative Inquiry

Vikas Baniwal - Ruminations on Dialogue as a Form of Meditative Inquiry

Krista Ritchie & Paul Stemmler - The Dialogic and Vulnerable Nature of Learning: Perspectives From Positive

Psychology and Meditative Inquiry 

Rajean Willis & Laura Leslie - Explorations of Trauma through Meditative Inquiry

 

Afternoon Sessions

1:00 - 2:20

Book Contributors’ Panel 3: Diverse Cultural Perspectives and Meditative Inquiry

Susan Brigham - Exploring the Connections Between Africentric Principles and Meditative Inquiry; Understanding

Their Significance for Teaching and Learning in Adult Education Contexts 

Diane Obed - Synergies Between Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Meditative Inquiry

David Sable - Meditative Inquiry and Mindfulness

Break

2:30 - 3:50

Book Contributors’ Panel 4: Structure, Consciousness, and Change

Nayha Acharya - My Journey with Meditative Inquiry: Teaching, Learning, and Researching in Law and Dispute Resolution

Mohamed Kharbach - Meditative Inquiry and Critical Discourse Analysis: A Hybrid Approach for Doing Educational Research

Michael Cosgrove & Shannon Power - On the Significance of Meditative Inquiry in Teaching, Learning, and Living: A

Dialogue Between Two Teachers

Break

4:00 - 5:30

Holistic Teachers’ Panel on Meditative Inquiry

Alexandra Barclay - Holistic Teaching with a French Twist

Dawn Erley - Dialogical Meditative Inquiry in the English Classroom

Carolyn Prest - 21 Pillars: Promoting Meditative Inquiry in the Public School Classroom

Yelena Smith - Crocheting the Sacred Threads of Indigenous and Holistic Knowledges in History Classes

Jack Ward - Practical Applications in a High School English Classroom

Day 3, Aug 18

Morning Sessions

9:00 - 10:20

Panel on Meditative Inquiry and Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Angie Kolen, Leigh-Ann Macfarlane, Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, & Gavan Watson 

Break

10:30 - 11:50

Keynote Panel 2: Interdisciplinary Exploration of Meditative Inquiry

Balaganapathi Devarakonda - Exploring the Focus of Human Action: A Space that Conflates Meditative Inquiry and Philosophical Counselling

R. Michael Fisher - Meditative Mind(ing) a Fearlessness Worldview Through Dialogue: It Won’t Be Easy

Kelly Resmer - Chemistry Laboratory Teaching and Learning Guided by Meditative Inquiry

 

Afternoon Sessions

1:00 - 2:30

Practitioners’ Panel on Meditative Inquiry 

Laurie Cook - We Know What We're Against, But What Are We For?  Meditative Inquiry in Practice in Community

Lindsay Leighton - Awareness, Inquiry, and Love through Science

Stephanie McDonald - How Might Dialogical Meditative Inquiry Inform the Practice of an Existentially Minded 

Community Mental Health Therapist

Neeraj Verma - Meditative Inquiry for the Field of Medicine

Break

2:35 - 3:15

Closing Remarks

Antony Card (Dean of Education, MSVU)

Scott MacMillan (Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Centre, MSVU)

Conference Organizing Committee: Bonnie Petersen, Iain MacLeod, Alexandra Barclay

Conference Chair: Ashwani Kumar 

In-Person Cultural Evening Event and Reception at MSVU

5:30

Doors open.  Feel free to chat and settle in to your places. Light snacks will be offered. We will start the program promptly at 6:00.

6:00

Land Acknowledgement

Guided meditation

UBC’s Faculty of Education Alumni Educator of Year Award Presentation to Dr. Ashwani Kumar

Performances

  -  Ashley Julian-Rikhana (Indigenous Flute Music)

  -  Ashwani Kumar, Nayha Acharya, & Ketan Kulkarni (Indian Classical Music)

7:00

Dinner (Buffet)

7:45

Performances

  -  Emiyah Simmonds (An Ode to Meditative Inquiry and Dialogue: Poetry Recitation)

  -  Sobaz Benjamin (African Drumming)

Door Prizes

Closing Remarks

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