Contemplative Collaborative Events

The Contemplative Collaborative hosts or co-sponsors events throughout the year that promote mindfulness. 

In the past, we have supported visits from top scholars, practitioners and speakers in the areas of mindfulness, and we host regular Brownbag Lunches, open to the campus community, each semester.  Past events have including a discussion on the Writing Our Lives youth writing project featuring Professor Marcelle Haddix; a movement workshop that connected how body movement is connected to social justice featuring Professor Mara Sapon-Shevin; and a presentation on mindfulness-based interventions in public school settings featuring Professor Joshua Felver.

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Upcoming Events

Empirical Studies of Contemplative Practices Book Launch

Friday, February 15, 2019
12:30-2 p.m.
Sims Hall 123

Josh Felver,A&S/Psychology
Rachel Razza, Falk/Human Development & Family Science
Qiu Wang, Education/Higher Education

Contemplative Collaborative hosts this book talk, celebrating its editors and authors from five Syracuse colleges (Arts and Sciences, Falk College, the I-School, School of Education, and Visual and Performing Arts).

Those who engage in contemplative practice know its positive effects, but documenting its value to others is not always easy. In this panel, Syracuse University authors who have contributed to a new volume, Empirical Studies of Contemplative Practices, discuss how they research contemplative practice to better illustrate its value.

A reception follows the presentation. To request accommodations, contact Diane Grimes (

This event is supported by the SU Humanities Center and the Contemplative Collaborative. Co-sponsors: Communication and Rhetorical Studies and Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition.


End of Life documentary screening

Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m.
Upstate Medical University’s Weiskotten Hall (766 Irving Avenue)
Room NAB 4414B

End of Life, a documentary film that was nominated for the 2018 European Film Awards, will be shown Sunday, March 3. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and reception with the filmmakers, Paweł Wojtasik and John Bruce. The panel will include members of the Syracuse-area hospice, medical and spiritual communities. The event is free and open to the public. 

Wojtasik and Bruce trained to be end-of-life doulas and documented many hours of their interactions with the five people featured in the film, who were each at various stages in the process of dying.

The 2018 New York Film Festival writes, “John Bruce and Paweł Wojtasik’s radiant film takes a respectful and serenely composed look at the very activity, the actual work, of dying for five individuals: Sarah Grossman, the spiritual teacher Ram Dass, Carol Virostek, Doris Johnson, and the artist, writer, and performer Matt Freedman. This is not a film of rhetoric but of concentrated and sustained attention to an area of experience at which we all arrive but from which the living flinch. Bruce and Wojtasik are tuned to a very special and extraordinarily delicate wavelength as artists, and they create a rare form from the silences, the incantatory repetitions, the mysterious repeated gestures, and the communions with the mystery of being enacted by the dying.”

Free parking will be available in the Irving Ave Garage and the Hillside lot.  Visit for a parking map that also identifies the location of Weiskotten Hall. The film is closed captioned.  American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for the panel discussion and the reception.

Co-sponsors for this event include the Zen Center of Syracuse, Upstate Medical University's Spiritual Care Center, the Consortium for Culture and Medicine, SU’s Aging Studies Institute, Hendricks Chapel, the Contemplative Collaborative, and the Burton Blatt Institute’s Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach Initiative. Media sponsor is WRVO Public Media.

About the film

Leo Goldsmith of Artforum writes, “the filmmakers become not merely observers but caregivers—embedded, and in one scene literally in bed, with their subjects. In this way, the End of Life subtly breaches the boundaries between documentary modes, the real and the fantastic, with a style that alternates (and sometimes collapses) the immediacy of the Sensory Ethnography Lab’s films with a cosmic, even comic surrealism.”

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