Institutional Support and Objectives
The Summer Institute builds on the work of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. The Association is a network of institutions and academics committed to restoring and renewing the contribution that contemplative practices can make to teaching, inquiry, and scholarship. The Association supports exploration into the ways that practices aimed at cultivating awareness, compassion, and insight can enhance higher education. Such practices are particularly appropriate to environmental studies. The Summer Institute provides an opportunity for those in a variety of disciplines to share their insights and learn about cutting edge research at the interface between contemplative practice and global environmental challenges. For this reason, we invite participants from the full range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives including the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
The Institute is supported by the Global Environmental Politics (GEP) Program in the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC. GEP engages in research and teaching in a variety of issue areas focused around the challenges of global sustainability. It has specific expertise in the politics of Climate Change, Water, Food and Agriculture, Environmental Security, Environmental Activism, and Sustainable Development. A focus on environmental political engagement is central to the summer Institute’s aims insofar as the workshop seeks to link the interior and exterior dimensions of environmental concern and practice.