KEYNOTE SPEECH

A Change ‘Gon Come: Reckoning with White Supremacy, Climate Change and Economic Exploitation through Engaged Mindfulness

Whether reckoning with the legacy of historical White Supremacy, confronting climate denialism, or exploring the effects of wage and wealth inequality, we are challenged to explore our social identities and habits of being with one another across our real and perceived differences in this time. And we are invited to turn toward and take up our part of the work of minimizing socially-created surplus suffering. How might our mindfulness practices — and their underlying ethical commitments — assist us in confronting the changing nature of social engagement with the legacies of dominance in our culture?

 

MASTERCLASS

Radical Belonging: Self- and Other-Regarding Compassion in the Work of Reckoning with the Surplus Suffering of Social Harm

In this session, Rhonda Magee will discuss how dedicated compassion-based communities of teaching, learning and practice can support the work of building social awareness, working with identity-based suffering and doing the work of healing and transformation on the personal, interpersonal and systemic/collective levels.

Rhonda Magee

ABOUT RHONDA

RHONDA V. MAGEE, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and has spent more than twenty years exploring the intersections of anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices. She is an international public speaker, mindfulness teacher, practice innovator, storyteller, and thought leader on integrating Mindfulness into Higher Education, Law and Social Justice. A student of a range of Buddhist traditions and a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, she has served as an advisor to a range of leading mindfulness-based professional development organizations, including the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Rhonda’s award-winning book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (2019), was named one of the top ten books released for the year by the Greater Good Science Center, and received similar recognition by Psychology Today and the editors of Mindful.org.

 

I was born in a small town in North Carolina in the United States to a family of farmworkers, factory workers and housekeepers, and was 30 years old when I first traveled to — and fell in love with — Europe. When I am not thinking about ways to help bring about world peace, I like drawing, painting and dancing to ‘80s R & B.