CBD 2019: Keynote—Contemplative Practices, Social Action and Service: A conversation and Q&A
November 06, 2019|5:30pm
With Parker Palmer, Ph.D., Thomas Schnaubelt, Ph.D. and Prof. Harry J. Elam, Ph.D.
This conversation will focus on the civic community essential to democracy, and how we, both individually and collectively, contribute to cultivation of this community. Elam, Palmer and Schnaubelt will explore the relationships among contemplative practices, secular higher education, and the interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies necessary for “We the People” to be able to “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” By delving into the Five Habits of the Heart detailed in Palmer’s book “Healing the Heart of Democracy” this conversation will examine the role of educational institutions in both creating the civic community and inculcating the habits of the heart, both at Stanford and in liberal education more broadly. Public service as a form of experiential education designed to foster civic identity and civic competence will be highlighted. The panelists also will reflect on their direct experience with contemplative practices as a framework and as self-development tools that cultivate interpersonal and intrapersonal skills—habits of the heart—necessary for civic community and democracy.