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June 18, 2020

The Garrison Institute Forum: Social Justice- Rhonda Magee, Dr. Angel Acosta and Jonathan L. Wiesner

The Garrison Institute Forum: Social Justice
Bridging Science, Contemplation and Action

The Inner and Outer Work of Radical Healing in Our Times
Rhonda Magee and Dr. Angel Acosta in Conversation, moderated by Jonathan Wiesner
June 18th, 5:00pm EDT

On Thursday, June 18th at 5:00pm EDT, we launch the Garrison Institute Forum series on Social Justice with a conversation between Rhonda Magee, Law Professor and Mindfulness Expert, Dr. Angel Acosta, Contemplative Scholar Practitioner, moderated by Garrison Institute CEO Jonathan L. Wiesner. This virtual gathering will hold space to pause, to witness, and to consider our personal and collective next steps towards radical healing.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 5pm EDT on Thursday, June 18th. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 4pm EDT on June 18th. Please note that participation in the live webinar on Zoom is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. We will also be live-streaming this program on our Youtube.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution toward our efforts.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.

Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and has spent more than twenty years exploring the intersections of anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices. She is an internationally-recognized innovator, storyteller, thought and practice leader on integrating Mindfulness into Higher Education, Law and Social Justice. A Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, she has served as an advisor to a range of leading mindfulness-based professional development organizations, including the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. A prolific author, Professor Magee recently published her first book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (Penguin RandomHouse TarcherPerigee: 2019), which was named one of the top ten books released for the year by the Greater Good Science Center, and received similar recognition by Psychology Today and the editors of Mindful.org.

Dr. Angel Acosta: For the last decade, Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. He received his doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. Acosta has supported more than educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development.

After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience–a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He’s a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School.

Jonathan L. Wiesner is Chief Executive Officer of the Garrison Institute. As CEO, Jonathan leads the organization in growing and nurturing a network of thought leaders, scientists, teachers and others who are applying contemplative practices to address social, civic and environmental concerns.

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