D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Contemplation

An Interdisciplinary Conference
April 19-21, 2018

Contemplation has long been considered a key part of the virtuous life.  Indeed, Aristotle referred to contemplation as the “highest form of activity.”  Contemporary research in neuroscience seems to confirm this view, and yet it also raised new questions about the nature and benefits of this ancient practice.  What, for example, is the difference between contemplation in the classical sense and the modern practice of mindfulness?  For that matter, how does contemplation differ, if at all, from meditation or prayer?  What are the benefits of contemplation?  How, and in what contexts, should it be taught?  Does contemplation have a place in public schools and universities or in the workplace?  Is it an essentially private or public activity?  The 2018 Annual Ethics Conference at Viterbo University seeks to gather interested scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds for a national conversation on these and related questions.

Daniel GolemanKeynote Speaker
Daniel Goleman
, Author, Emotional Intelligence | Psychologist
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre  

Psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. The Wall Street Journal ranked him one of the 10 most influential business thinkers. His article “What Makes a Leader?” remains the most requested reprint in the history of Harvard Business Review.  

His 2014 bestseller, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, argues that leadership that gets results demands a triple focus: on our ourselves; on others, for our relationships; and on the outer forces that shape organizations and society. Dr. Goleman's "The Focused Leader" won the 2013 HBR McKinsey Award, given each year for the best article in Harvard Business Review.  

Goleman’s newest book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body, is co-written with Richard Davidson and was released September 5, 2017. Through cutting edge research, Goleman and Davidson explore how meditation and mindfulness can achieve real, positive, and lasting mental and behavioral change.  

His work on the brain and behavioral science was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and recognized with the Washburn Award and Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association. A former science journalist for The New York Times, he was named to the 2011 and 2013 Thinkers50 and a top business guru by Accenture Institute for Strategic Change.

Call for Papers
Guidelines for Proposal Submissions

Proposals should be no more than two pages, double-spaced.  Presentations will be scheduled for twenty-five minutes with additional time for discussion.  Proposals for panel discussions and poster presentations will also be considered.  We encourage submissions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Presentations may include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Contemplation and the Virtues
  • Contemplation and Education
  • Contemplation in the Workplace
  • Theological Conceptions of Contemplation
  • Contemplation and Self-Care
  • Mindfulness, Prayer, and Meditation
  • Nature and Contemplation
  • The Role of Contemplation in Resilience
  • Labyrinths in Our Lives: How to Create Spaces for Contemplation
  • Contemplation through Art
  • Critical Thinking, Intelligence, and Contemplation
  • How Contemplation Helps to Build a Healthy Life
  • Contemplation and Holistic Healthcare

How to Submit
The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, January 19, 2018.  Please complete your proposals (presentation, poster, or panel discussion) via Word doc or PDF and upload your submission via the online submission form

If you have questions, please contact Nicole Van Ert at 608-796-3616 or email at nmvanert@viterbo.edu.

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