Asian Heritage Month Education Month Roundtable, Toronto

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INVITATION | Asian Heritage Month Education Roundtable and Asian Heritage Month Lecture

The Heart of Asia, Right Here, Right Now:
A Celebration of Asian Wisdom Traditions in Canada
Opening Event | Pathways to Wellbeing in Our Times: The Contributions of Asian Wisdom Traditions

ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE POSTER 2015 newFREE ADMISSION: Please register by e-mail: asianheritagecanadian@yahoo.ca
Friday, May 22, 2015, 1 pm ‐ 6 pm
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street (Downsview Subway Station to the 196 Express: York University)
Building 92 on the Map at http://maps.info.yorku.ca/files/2013/02/Colour-Map-pdf.pdf
Reception follows

DESCRIPTION
Our program will begin by taking a universal approach to human spirituality as we give a brief preview of our five showcased Asian wisdom traditions: Buddhist Mindfulness, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Taoist Tai Chi, Islamic Sufism and Hindu Yoga. This will be followed by our featured workshop of the day: Buddhist Mindfulness, including both dynamic movement practices and sitting meditation. Our afternoon program will conclude with “Red Sofa” discussions as we invite dialogue between our audience and our panel of speakers. A reception with Pan-Asian cuisine will follow.

OPENING ADDRESSES
Dean Martin Singer, Founding Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
Justin Poy (Honourary Patron, Asian Heritage Month‐CFACI)

PLENARY ADDRESS AND ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH LECTURE
Ashley Poy on “Universal Spirituality: How Do I Feel in Heart, Body & Mind, Right Here, Right Now?”
PRESENTATIONS
Professor Renita Wong (School of Social Work, Fac. of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University) on “The Interbeing of Wellness Among Students in Higher Education”
Bhante Kovida (Buddhist monk from Theravada (Sri Lanka) tradition, Jamaican Canadian of Chinese descent) on “Buddhism and Mindfulness”
Melanie Viglas (University of Toronto and Sheridan College) on “Mindfulness in Education”

WORKSHOPS
Sitting Meditation conducted by Melanie Viglas
Dynamic Mindfulness conducted by Bhante Kovida

RED SOFA DISCUSSIONS
Moderator: Professor Thabit Abdullah (Associate Dean, External Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University)
Opening words: Professor Nelson Wiseman (Director, Canadian Studies Program, University of Toronto)
Panelists:
Leila Girdhar-Hill (System Superintendent, Toronto District School Board)
Craig Tsuji (Principal, Toronto District School Board)
Kirk Mark (Senior Coordinator of Community Relations, Toronto Catholic District School Board)
Jody Huang (Community Relations Officer, Toronto Catholic District School Board)
Representatives from public school boards and private schools
With All Speakers also sitting on the panel

CLOSING REMARKS
Professor Naomi Adelson, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
Ashley Poy, Chair of the Organizing Committee

RECEPTION FOLLOWS

Presented by Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Co-presented with…
York Centre for Asian Research
York Centre for Education and Community
Canadian Studies Program, University College, University of Toronto
Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto
Asian Heritage Month Festival 2015
Social Services Network
Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada
Aga Khan Museum; Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Asian Heritage Month Festival 2015 is partially funded by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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