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Celebration of A Deanship:
Retirement Events for Carolyn Jacobs

Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind
Lydia Rapoport Distinguished Visiting Lecture

Dr. Richard Davidson

This talk will present an overview of studies conducted in our laboratory on neural changes associated with different forms of meditation. Distinctions among three major forms of meditation practice will be made: Focused Attention; Open Monitoring; and Positive Affect Training. These different forms of meditation have different neural and behavioral effects. Data from studies on long-term meditation practitioners as well as those with shorter durations of training will be highlighted. In addition, some longitudinal studies that track changes over time with meditation practice will be reviewed. In addition to the neural changes that have been observed, this talk will also summarize changes that have been found in peripheral biology that may modulate physical health and illness. The central circuitry of emotion is especially implicated in peripheral biological changes that have consequences for health. The overall conclusion from these studies is that one can transform the mind through meditation and thereby alter the brain and the periphery in ways that may be beneficial for mental and physical health, and for well-being.

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., is William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab and the Lab for Affective Neuroscience, Founder and Chair and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Psychology, at UW-Madison since 1984. He has published more than 290 articles, many chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is author (with Sharon Begley) of "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" published by Penguin in 2012.

Monday, June 17, 2013
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

National Liberation Poetry Performance and
Tour Experience

Anika Nailah

This is a one-woman, interactive, multi-media poetry performance/workshop traveling across America to colleges/universities, women’s prisons, juvenile detention centers, halfway houses, coffee houses, libraries, community centers, arts spaces, and bookstores.. Using film, music, poetry, discussion, and audience interaction, it invites participants to liberate themselves from the damaging thoughts and actions of racism in America. Those who attend are encouraged to bring liberatory poetry, music, art, and other forms of self-expression. Special Guest and SSW Adjunct Faculty member, Robin DiAngelo will be joining Anika for the discussion portion. For more information, please visit:

Thursday, June 20, 2013
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Weinstein Auditorium

School for Social Work Community Reception

Friday, June 21, 2013
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paradise Room - Smith Conference Center

Annual Conference Reception

Friday, July 19, 2013
4:30 to 5:30 pm
Campus Center Foyer