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May 12, 2014

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Richard Davidson, Ph.D. and founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin will present “La Crosse Compassion Project LIVE!” at 7 p.m. Monday, June 2 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Davidson is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices on the brain, practices that result in measurably healthier brains and a happier outlook on life. He is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and the director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the UW-Madison, where he has been a faculty member since 1984.

Perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in studying emotion and the brain, Davidson is a friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama and is a highly sought after expert and speaker internationally. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006. A New York Times bestselling author, he has been featured widely in popular media, including ABC’s Nightline, National Public Radio, Time magazine, Newsweek, O, the Oprah magazine, PBS’s The Charlie Rose Show, Harvard Business Review, and many other national and international news outlets.

Davidson’s research inspired the La Crosse Compassion Project, in which over 6,000 La Crosse School District K-12 and Aquinas High School art students received a 6-inch-by-6-inch art panel and were asked to draw or paint their idea of compassion. The panels are currently on display in the Pump House Regional Arts Center and other locations throughout the city. The project aspires to teach the practice of compassion through the use of art and writing.

This presentation is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership in partnership with the School District of La Crosse, the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, the Pump House Regional Art Center, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. For more information, contact Maureen Cooney at 608-796-3082 or


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