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Murphy-Shigematsu, to Address W&L’s Phi Beta Kappa Convocation

 
Lexington, VA (March 6, 2018) - The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University will induct new members into the prestigious honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on March 18 at 3 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

The keynote speaker will be Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Program in Health and Human Performance. His talk is titled “A Heartful Way of Living with Mindfulness, Compassion and Responsibility.” The convocation is free and open to the public.

Shigematsu is a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard University and training in clinical and community psychology, yoga, meditation and Chinese medicine. He was professor of education and at the University of Tokyo and director of its international counseling center. At Stanford University, he cofounded the LifeWorks program in contemplative and integrative education.

Shigematsu has been a teacher and counselor for children and adults in schools and universities in Japan and the U.S., from day care to medical school. He uses storytelling, both written and oral, to enhance whole-person learning and mindful citizenship.

His research includes fieldwork in Okinawa and other parts of Japan in healing and human development as a Fulbright scholar. His current research is in the assessment of mindfulness in promoting personal well-being, leadership and social transformation.

Shigematsu is author of books, articles and essays in both English and Japanese, he writes about multicultural perspectives on mindfulness, identity and citizenship. His newest book was published last month and is titled “From Mindfulness to Heartfulness, Transforming Self and Society with Compassion.”
 
 
 

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