Conference Sept 22-23, 2012: Education to Globalize the Human Mind

Forwarded message from Kamran Mofid following:

International and Intergenerational Conference
For Those Interested in Promoting Unity in Diversity

Education to Globalize the Human Mind
September 22-23, 2012

Keynote Presentations
Tom Mahon, Writer, Silicon Valley
Globalize our Theologies: In his presentation, Tom makes the case for the moral operating systems of humanity to rise above the tribal stories of antiquity to catch up with the emerging global picture of today.
Dr. Atif Khalil, University of Lethbridge
On Cultivating Gratitude as a Mode of Being: Atif quotes positive psychology in support of the cultivation of gratitude as it can contribute towards startlingly positive and optimistic attitudes towards life. He argues that positive psychology pales in comparison with the contemplative traditions in full realization of gratitude as a mode of being.
Dr. Vincent Kouwenhoven, VC Investor based in Amsterdam
Spiritual Quest of a Venture Capitalist: Vincent’s story is one of combining his passion for arts, business, nature and spirituality, with yoga/meditation as the connecting energy. Vincent took his first yoga and meditation class 10 years ago. Since then, meditation became an integral part of his (professional) life. In his presentation, Vincent will share with us some of the universal insights he received in his meditations.
Dr. V. N. Jha, Pune University, India
Classical Indian Philosophy of Education: The Indian philosophy of education not only regards life’s immediate goals as important but it also accords a high degree of respect and recognition to the ultimate goal of human life. It is the pursuit of the ultimate goal that imparts lasting meaning to life. Disregard of the ultimate goal in education is tantamount to imparting ultimacy to the immediate playing havoc with human condition.
Dr. Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI)
Living Our Spiritual Values: Spiritual Education and Universities Transforming the World: A correct education system must be based on a metaphysics derived from a comprehensive and unifying vision rooted in philosophy, ethics and spirituality. Dr. Mofid sees an underlying unity between all beings and disciplines of knowledge. He thinks that this unity needs to be reflected in integrated, holistic and multi-disciplinary curricula which do not draw artificial lines between different beings and different disciplines.
Dr. Mark DeStephano, S. J., St. Peters College, New Jersey

Two Contemporary Spanish Mystics: Teresa of Avila and Ignatius Loyola: St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) and St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) – perhaps the two most influential figures of the Counter-Reformation – serve as models for the spiritual transformation of our multicultural and diverse world today. Blessed abundantly with mystical experiences, both saints teach us that God’s call is universal, and embraces all peoples of the world, no matter what their race, language, faith, or occupation. What is more, God’s call is practical, leading us to find Him in all things and in all circumstances.
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier University
120 Duke Street West, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 3W8

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