What to Expect
At the Summer Research Institute online, you will not only be able to absorb great content and ideas, but also engage with other faculty and accepted applicants in community building and genuine interaction through an innovative platform created just for SRI. Here’s more of what you can expect:
- Plenary lectures and corresponding Live Q&As with the faculty
- Small group breakout sessions so you can connect with participants and faculty from a variety of fields and disciplines
- Daily contemplative practices to cultivate awareness and embodiment
- Live panel discussions for fostering inquiry and dialogue
- Social forums to network with participants and faculty, share new ideas, and discuss topics of interest
- Poster presentations with interactive discussion boards
- Contemplative music & art offerings, including a livestream concert, to experience the inherent prosociality of music & art!
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Conference Offered Free Thanks to Mind & Life Donors
As this is our first online conference, and given the current economic reality, Mind & Life is offering SRI 2020 free of charge. We are deeply grateful to the Hershey Family Foundation and all of our donors for making this possible, and we hope your experience in SRI inspires you to join our vibrant community of supporters. After the online conference closes, you will be invited to offer an optional donation in support of Mind & Life’s mission to bridge science and contemplative wisdom.
SRI 2020 is an exploration of prosocial development across the lifespan of individuals and within communities, and of how history, social contexts, relationships, and contemplative practices all play key roles in such development. Integrating academic, contemplative, and artistic knowledge and wisdom, we will address how the development of prosocial qualities can be promoted at different stages of life––from infancy and childhood to adolescence, and from early adulthood to old age––and in different cultural-historical situations, through the use of contemplative practices, educational and social programs, community-building and activism, and systems reform.
The daily program schedule will include a block of live sessions (~ 4 hours) as well as suggested viewing of pre-recorded material and time for engagement in the forums and interest groups. Recordings of live sessions will be made available in case you miss them. As soon as the schedule is finalized, we will share it to help you plan your week. You can expect login details to the conference website in the week leading up to June 8!
The Summer Research Institute faculty includes scientists, clinical researchers, contemplative practitioners, scholars, and teachers from a variety of disciplines.