Mind & Life Conversations
with the Dalai Lama
Conversations on Compassion, Interconnection, and Transformation
Join the Mind & Life Institute online for two special free Livestream events from Dharamsala, India. On October 30th and November 1st, we will host two unique conversations between key thought leaders and the Dalai Lama.
Our guest presenters for the Conversations are Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a clinical psychologist and social scientist and Research Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, and David Sloan Wilson, President of Evolution Institute and State University New York Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University.
Presenter: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (Research Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Stellenbosch University, South Africa) is a social scientist and clinical psychologist. She served as a member of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which formed the basis of her research and book, A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness, a perspective that integrates psychoanalytic and social psychological concepts to understand extreme forms of violence committed during the apartheid era. At the heart of her work is interdisciplinary and transnational inquiry of global questions. She was a speaker at Mind & Life’s Dialogue on ubuntu in Botswana in 2017.
Presenter: David Sloan Wilson (SUNY Distinguished Professor, Binghamton University, USA) has made foundational contributions to Darwin’s theory of evolution. His work expands the horizon of evolutionary thinking beyond genetic evolution to include all of the fast-paced changes taking place around us (cultural evolution) and within us (each individual as an evolving entity). This expansion allows evolutionary theory to be related to religious and spiritual traditions more than ever before, including the necessity of an ethics for the whole world. Wilson’s most recent book, and the one most relevant to his conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution.
Moderator: Susan Bauer-Wu
President, Mind & Life Institute
Moderator: Aaron Stern
Board Member, Mind & Life Institute
Founder & President, Academy for the Love of Learning
Interpreter: Thupten Jinpa Langri
Board Chair, Mind & Life Institute
President, Institute for Tibetan Classics