Events & Lectures

The Curiosity, Mindfulness, and Education Working Group hosts events that enrich knowledge, foster questions, and facilitate dialogue about the nature, connections, and applications of curiosity and mindfulness. The CME working group is not only interdisciplinary in topic, but also in method. Thus, we bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields and industries.



Each semester, we host a prominent senior scholar working at the intersection of curiosity, mindfulness, and education. Recent speakers include: Judson Brewer (Fall 2018). We also aim to support the exciting work of upcoming junior scholars. See below for past and upcoming lectures.

Sponsors of recent CME Lectures include:

Humanities Lab, American University

College of Arts and Sciences, American University

Philosophy and Religion Department, American University

Psychology Department, American University

School of Education, American University


Beyond the lecture series, the CME Working Group will host a variety more extensive events, such as intensive day-long workshops, summer seminars and institutes, and sustained projects and practices with community schools and partners.

If you would like to work with the CME Working Group to host or support an event, or have questions about a past or upcoming event, please contact us at

Upcoming Lectures & Events

Spring 2019

Susan Engel: Do Children Have Ideas?

Monday, April 15, 3:30-5:00pm
Letts Formal


Past Lectures & Events

Fall 2018

Judson Brewer: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Cupcakes: How mindfulness can hack the mind to move from craving to curiosity 

Friday, November 2, 11:20 am – 12:35 pm
Mary Graydon Center Room 200