Awakened Brain: Science of Spirituality and Human Flourishing

25 April, 2023


Professor Lisa Miller

Teachers College, Columbia University

in collaboration with

Science shows that a college student is in a hard-wired phase of spiritual awakening, yet still this transformation process is highly receptive and sensitive to the environment. We are in a global crisis of meaning among young adults, in part because the university as a global establishment has failed to meet this development imperative. The climate and culture of a university, as well as the spiritual content in college course offerings and campus-based opportunities for spiritual discovery, all weigh in to shape the emerging spiritual awareness of a student.

Emerging adulthood is a time to find direction, an ethical foundation, transcendent awareness, and an articulation of sacred understanding, that often endures across a lifetime. Together the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at the Columbia University, USA, and the Oxford Interfaith Forum, UK offer any college student on Earth an opportunity of their lifetime.

Professor Lisa Miller will host an in-person event in University College, Oxford, as a part of the Awakened Awareness UK campaign. Her presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion with leading theologians, scientists, and members of the University of Oxford. The attendees will have opportunity to engage in conversation with Professor Miller after a roundtable discussion.

All Attendees will receive a free copy of Professor Miller’s book The Awakened Brain: The Psychology of Spirituality

Title: Awakened Brain: Science of Spirituality and Human Flourishing

Date: 25 April, 2023

Time: 18:00-19:30 BST | 10:00-11:30 PDT | 13:00-14:30 EDT

Venue: University College (10 Merton St Lecture Room), Oxford, OX1 4BH.


18:00-18:05 Welcome Address by Revd Dr Andrew Gregory, University College, Oxford.

18:05-18:45 Professor Lisa Miller‘s presentation.

18:45-19:15 Round table discussion with theologians, and scientists.

19:15-19:30 Q&A

The roundtable participants:

Revd Dr Dancho Azagra, Chaplain of Grandpont House, Oxford.

Professor Paul Ewart, Emeritus Professor in Atomic and Laser Physics, University of Oxford; Board Member of the Science and Religion in Interfaith Contexts Reading Group at the Oxford Interfaith Forum; Executive Chairman of Christians in Science UK; a Former Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge; Convener of the Oxford Forum for Science and Religion.

Professor Miguel Farias, Senior Fellow of the Oxford Interfaith Forum.

Shaunaka Rishi Das, Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, and Hindu Chaplain to the University of Oxford.

Professor Jeff Tsang, Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Oxford.

Professor Amy Wachholtz, PhD, MDiv, MS-PsyPharm, ABPP, FACHP, Senior Fellow at the Oxford Interfaith Forum; Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford; Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of Clinical Health Psychology Program at the University of Colorado Denver; Associate Professor of Hematology at the University of Colorado Medical School/CU Medicine; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Author of Clinical Health Psychology: Integrating Medical Information for Improved Treatment Outcomes.

Revd Canon Professor Keith Ward, FBA, Regius Emeritus Professor of Divinity at University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy; Author of Religion in the Modern World (CUP, 2019).

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