Tuesday, 21 October, 2008

The Center for Advanced Study
in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford

We are pleased to join with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS) to present our October 23 conversation with Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. and Claude Steele, the director of the Center since 2005.  Among his many other honors, Skip Gates was a fellow at the Center in 2007-08.

CASBS is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human behavior and fostering contributions to society by facilitating interdisciplinary perspectives, depth of inquiry, integration of knowledge, and application to real world concerns.  The Center aims to bring the disciplines into contact with each other and broaden scholars' work beyond their specialized training.

Since the arrival of the first class in January 1955, CASBS has offered a place of sanctuary and stimulation for more than 2,000 distinguished scholars to do their best work and interact with peers from a rich variety of fields.  Each year, CASBS offers 40 to 50 residential fellowships for accomplished and promising scholars in fields that illuminate the questions of how people and societies behave.

The Center’s founders envisioned that fellows would in turn make significant contributions to human welfare. And indeed they have. Many of the most important theories in the behavioral sciences have originated here. CASBS takes pride in providing a milieu that enables scholars to do the kind of work that leads to awards that recognize significant contributions. The Center’s alumni include 20 recipients of the Nobel Prize, 10 winners of the Pulitzer Prize, 43 MacArthur Fellows, and 128 current members of the National Academy of Sciences.

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We look forward to seeing you at Kresge Auditorium on October 23.

Education for Life on the Edge

Michael Murphy and Jeffrey Kripal with Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, December 6, 2007 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Cubberley Auditorium at Stanford | Free and Open to All

The brainchild of two Stanford graduates, Michael Murphy and Richard Price, Esalen Institute on the Big Sur coast has had a profound influence on American religious history over the last half-century. Many of the practices and ideas the institute stood for at its inception in 1962—from meditation and yoga to the synthesis of evolutionary biology and theology—are now common features of American culture and discourse. Join us as we discuss the history and influence of a pioneering project that has long been on the leading edge of alternative and experiential education.
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