Public roundtable discussion covers meditation

Meditation is for more than just the mind – it benefits physiology and our professional and personal lives.

Experts from the Healing Arts Research Interest Group will hold a public roundtable and discussion on meditation practices in Eugene and the UO at 5 p.m. May 23 in Hedco 144.

The roundtable will focus on meditation practices such as yoga and

Zen. With several campus initiatives on alternative ways of thinking about body/mind relationships, the event brings together meditation practitioners and researchers to share perspectives and experiences.

Participants and topics include:

  • Marjorie Woollacott, professor in Human Physiology: "Meditation as Linking the Professional and the Personal. Mediation as Study in Human Physiology"
  • Lisa Freinkel, professor of Comparative Literature and English: "Women and the Way: Zen, Gender and the 'Perfection of Wisdom'"
  • Jess Eltridge, MA, co-owner of Sweaty Ganesh Yoga, Eugene: "Yoga as Moving Meditation"
  • Frank Diaz, professor of music education: "Yoga, Mindfulness, and Related Practices in the Classroom."

Healing Arts is part of the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

The moderator is Dorothee Ostmeier, a professors of German and Folklore, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact professor Susan Anderson at

- by Healing Arts Research Interest Group