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UF Mindfulness Day 2019

"Mindfulness and Social Change"

Panel Discussion: April 1, 2019
(3:15 pm to 4:45 pm)

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Facilitator: Monika Ardelt

Monika Ardelt, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Department Sociology and Criminology & Law, CLAS UF. Core Member of UF Mindfulness.

Panel Members


Harris Friedman

Harris Friedman, Ph.D., is retired Research Professor of Psychology at University of Florida, now affiliated with both the California Institute of Integral Studies and Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, and will be a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University during academic year 2019-2020. He frequently publishes on transpersonal and cultural psychology, as well as serves as Associate Editor of two humanistic psychology journals, and as Senior Editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.

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Marisela B. Gomez

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Paul R. Fleischman

Marisela B. Gomez, Ph.D. and M.D.,  is a community activist, author, public health professional, and physician scientist. She received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, a Ph.D., M.D., and MPH from the Johns Hopkins University. As a social activist she has addressed issues of racism, segregation and community development, discrimination, and violence. Get to know her (Tedx talk): Her activism and social engagement are informed through inner development grounded in meditation practice. She is ordained in the Order of Interbeing in the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Paul R. Fleischman, M.D. graduated from the University of Chicago and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and trained in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. For over thirty years he was in private practice in psychiatry and consulted to hospitals and clinics. He supervised psychotherapy trainees at Yale University where he also taught a course in Psychiatry and Religion, and he was honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his unique contributions to psychiatry and religion. He is the author of The Healing Spirit, Cultivating Inner Peace, Karma and Chaos, Wonder: When and Why the World Appears Radiant and other books. His articles have appeared in The American Journal of Psychiatry, the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, The Yale Review, The University of Chicago Magazine, Nature, Landscape and other magazines and journals. Paul R. Fleischman is a Vipassana teacher in the tradition of Mr. S.N. Goenka.

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