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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

Putting the Science of Happiness into Practice

Esalen Institute | February 27-March 1, 2015

An in-person companion course to our blockbuster online “Science of Happiness” course.

 

Frans de Waal on Prosocial Primates: Empathy in Animals and Humans

Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus | March 9, 2015

Frans de Waal—one of Discover’s 47 Great Minds of Science—reviews expressions of empathy and the sense of fairness in animals.

 

Taking in the Good with Dr. Rick Hanson

International House at UC Berkeley | March 14, 2015

In this day-long presentation, renowned teacher and best-selling author Rick Hanson will explore how mindful attention to positive experiences can cultivate happiness, resilience, love, and inner peace.

 

The Journalism of Well-Being: Reporting on Mindful Work and Positive Psychology

Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, North Gate Hall - Library, UC Berkeley | March 18, 2015

Jason Marsh and David Gelles on Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Work from the Inside Out

 

Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion

Zellerbach Playhouse | May 8, 2015

POSTPONED. NEW INFO COMING SOON: A special day-long event with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Dan Siegel, M.D.

 
 

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Upcoming Events Co-sponsored by the GGSC

Wisdom 2.0 2015

Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA | Feb. 27-March 1, 2015

The annual Wisdom 2.0 is held in February each year in the Bay area and brings together over 2,000 people from 20 countries to explore mindfulness, compassion, and awareness in the digital age.

 
 

Other Upcoming Events

Wisdom 2.0 2015

Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA | Feb. 27-March 1, 2015

The annual Wisdom 2.0 is held in February each year in the Bay area and brings together over 2,000 people from 20 countries to explore mindfulness, compassion, and awareness in the digital age.

 

Play, Creativity, Mindfulness, & Neuroscience in Psychotherapy with Dr. Dan Siegel & more

Grand Ballroom, Ackerman Union
UCLA Campus
308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 | March 6-8, 2015

Annual Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference:

If you have ever wondered about how to become more creative in your therapy practice, or about how playfulness and humor have transformative roles to play in psychotherapy across the human lifespan, don’t miss out on this weekend conference.

 

Mission Be Mindful Teacher Training

| Feb. 20-22 and March 6-8, 2015

Training in NY and California is open for all K-12 administrators, teachers, school counselors and social workers and others working with youth.

 

Mindfulness in Education Conference

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street (at Central Park West)
New York City, NY 10023 | March 13-14, 2015

Bringing mindfulness practices to children grades K-12—a professional conference at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Join leading experts in the field of mindfulness and education to explore the opportunities and challenges of bringing mindfulness practices into the classroom.

 

Wake Up San Francisco

Nourse Theater | March 28, 2015

Spirituality and music come together for a day of insight and transformation. Includes evening concert by Alanis Morissette.

 

Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA | June 3-7, 2015

The Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice conference brings together internationally recognized researchers engaged in the scientific study of mindfulness and compassion meditation with seasoned Buddhist teachers and scholars to explore the frontiers of contemplative practice.

 
 

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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.

 

The Science of Happiness

| Self-Paced 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.

 

Michael Gazzaniga: A Life in Neuroscience

Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA | February 11, 2015

Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga in conversation with the GGSC’s Emiliana Simon-Thomas

 

The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA | January 21, 2015

Join the GGSC and Berkeley Arts and Letters for the launch of Christine Carter’s latest book

 

A Path Appears: Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

First Congregational Church of Berkeley | December 4, 2014

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

 

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

 
 

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