The Second Annual Compassion and Creativity Conference
April 12 - 13, 2013
This highly interactive conference, titled “Compassion and Creativity in the Community,” will invite audience participation with featured national and local leaders in a creative exploration of how compassion is valued across the spectrum of communities.
The forum provides an opportunity to reach past barriers that too often separate the academic, business, government, spiritual and medical communities from one another. Area professionals from each of these sectors will speak, focusing on the role of compassion in daily living and inviting the audience to offer, discuss, and help develop ideas that create paths to a more compassionate society.
WCSU President James W. Schmotter and DNKL resident teacher Geshe Lobsang Dhargey will offer welcoming remarks to open the program. Keynote speakers will be Senator Richard Blumenthal and noted author Dr. Bernie Siegel. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and WCSU Provost and V.P. of Academic Affairs Jane Gates will offer prepared remarks, as well.
Panels headed by area professionals will be moderated, with audience input encouraged and specific challenges addressed:
- How can we shift the focus from ‘me’ to ‘we’?
- How can we turn a destructive event into something constructive?
- How does compassion affect the dynamics of a community?
The conference, beginning with registration at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m., will be held at The Portuguese Cultural Center, 65 Sandpit Road, Danbury, Conn.
Free & Open to the Public.