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"The Courage of Compassion" with Brooke Dodson-Lavelle, Ph.D.

April 13, 2018
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library
Brooke Dodson-Lavelle

New research in biology, neuroscience and economics has found that compassion – recognizing a problem and making a commitment to help solve that problem – not only improves other’s lives; it can transform our own. Compassion has shown to have profound effects on individual lives in business, healthcare, social justice, civic government and more.

This free talk, featuring Courage of Care Coalition Co-Founder and President Brooke D. Lavelle, will serve as the first public event from the Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion at the University of Southern Maine, a planned center whose role will be to educate and train the University and the community in how to deepen compassion. 

Holding a doctorate in Religious Studies from Emory University and a master's in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University, her academic work focuses on the diversity of contemplative models for cultivating compassion and mindfulness, as well as the cultural contexts that shape the transmission, reception, and secularization of Buddhist contemplative practices in America.

More information about the planned Center for Compassion at USM can be found in this news story.

More information about Lavelle and the Courage of Care Coalition can be found on the organization's website.