September 18, 2013
The Fall 2013 ISU Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality Third Thursday Series kicks off this week with a presentation by Dr. Jean Kristeller, professor emeritus at ISU and an internationally recognized researcher on meditation and health. Dr. Kristeller's presentation is entitled: "It's All in the Head: The Psychology of Meditation as a Spiritual Practice".
Meditation practices appear across religious traditions as a direct means to cultivate and engage spiritual experience. Yet such experiences have also been viewed with distrust or even labeled pathological. This talk will address the range of experience, from inner peace to mystical transcendence, from both a neuroscience perspective and in the context of religious belief.
The event will be held in room 028 in Cunningham Library on the ISU Campus on Thursday, Sept. 19. Admission is free and open to the public. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.