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Check out the Greater Good Events Calendar.

The Greater Good Science Center is dedicated to building connections with the community beyond UC Berkeley. By sponsoring public lectures and participating in public symposia we encourage dialogue about the importance of promoting positive emotions and relationships in classrooms, in families, and in our communities at large.

Upcoming Greater Good Science Center Events

Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff

International House, UC Berkeley campus | November 7, 2014

This day-long seminar led by self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff, will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others.

 

Roman Krznaric on Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It

Hillside Club | November 10, 2014

The School of Life’s Roman Krznaric on his new book, Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It. Co-presented by Berkeley Arts & Letters

 

A Path Appears: Nicholas Kristof

First Congregational Church of Berkeley | December 4, 2014

New York Times op-ed columnist Kristof talks about his new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. Presented by the Greater Good Science Center and Berkeley Arts & Letters

 

The Science of Happiness

| Course Is Now Live! Take It at Your Own Pace Through May 2015

An unprecedented free online course exploring the roots of a happy, meaningful life. Co-taught by the GGSC’s Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas. Up to 16 CE credit hours available.

 

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2015

Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley | Friday, June 26—Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips educators with social-emotional learning tools that benefit both students and teachers.

 
 

Upcoming Events Co-sponsored by the GGSC

Foundations of Well-Being with Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Online | October 2014-September 2015

This yearlong program uses the power of positive neuroplasticity to hardwire more happiness, resilience, self-worth, love, and peace into your brain and your life.

 

Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference

Fort Mason Center | November 13-14, 2014

Internationally renowned neuroscientists, psychologists and thinkers share their insights and present methods for developing compassion.

 

Compassion Week 2014

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco | November 10-16, 2014

A week of events focused on compassion and science, presented by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), the Tenzin Gyatso Institute, and the Charter for Compassion.

 

Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth

San Diego, CA | February 5-7, 2015
 
 

Other Upcoming Events

“Is Mind Change the new Climate Change?” Symposium, California Institute of Integral Studies

California Institute of Integral Studies
Room 304 | October 24, 2014

Interdisciplinary symposium on living and staying human in the modern, technological world.

 

Introduction to Compassion-Focused Therapy with Paul Gilbert

Oshman Family JCC - Schultz Cultural Arts Hall | October 24-25, 2014

A two-day clinical training workshop for psychotherapists with Drs. Paul Gilbert & Yotam Heineberg through CCARE and Palo Alto University

 

Introduction to Compassion-Focused Therapy

Oshman Family JCC
Schultz Cultural Hall
Palo Alto, CA 94303 | October 24-25, 2014

CCARE & Palo Alto University are proud to present: A two-day clinical training workshop with Drs. Paul Gilbert & Yotam Heineberg. (Includes 12 hours of APA-approved Continuing Education Units.) This workshop is open to psychotherapists, students, life coaches, and anyone interested in this line of work.

 

Foundations of Well-Being with Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Online | October 2014-September 2015

This yearlong program uses the power of positive neuroplasticity to hardwire more happiness, resilience, self-worth, love, and peace into your brain and your life.

 

International Symposium for Contemplative Studies

Boston, MA | October 30-November 2, 2014

Join the Dalai Lama and the most innovative thought leaders in neuroscience, psychology, clinical science, the humanities, philosophy, and education as they present their groundbreaking research.

 

Making Connections: Promoting Mental Wellness & Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences

Valley River Inn
Eugene, Oregon | November 4-6, 2014
 
 

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Past Events

The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Care for Health Professionals

UC Berkeley Campus, International House | April 4, 2014

A day-long seminar for health care professionals featuring Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

 

Joshua Wolf Shenk on Creativity and the Powers of Two

Hillside Club | September 25, 2014

Author Joshua Shenk in Conversation on creativity and dynamic duos with cofounder of Mother Jones, Adam Hochschild. Introduced by the GGSC’s Jeremy Adam Smith

 

Greater Good Summer Institute for Educators

University of California, Berkeley
Clark Kerr Campus | Friday, June 27 - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips educators with social-emotional learning tools that benefit both students and teachers.

 

The Greater Good Gratitude Summit

Craneway Pavilion Conference Center | June 7, 2014

A day of science, stories, and inspiration, featuring a keynote by Jack Kornfield and Brother David Steindl-Rast. CE credit hours available. Live Event SOLD OUT! Webcast Registration NOW CLOSED.

 

Greater Good at Cal Day 2014

101 Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA | April 12, 2014

The GGSC’s Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Jeremy Adam Smith talk happiness and well-being at UC Berkeley’s Cal Day

 

The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain with Dr. Daniel Siegel

The Brower Center, Berkeley, CA | March 11, 2014, 7-8:30 pm

ONLY WAITLIST AVAILABLE—Dr. Daniel Siegel discusses his New York Times bestseller Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

 
 

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