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Ruth Stricker Mind/Body Lectures

About the Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture

Each year the Center brings a world-renowned leader in mind-body medicine to the Twin Cities metro to talk about topics at the forefront in integrative health and wellness. Usually held in April, these well-attended and inspiring programs are made possible through a generous gift from Ruth Stricker. The Annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture is produced by the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Henry L. Taylor Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement and the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development.

Previous Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecturers

2018: Barbara Fredrickson "Prioritizing Positive Emotions to Meet Our Toughest Challenges," presented on May 18, 2018, in Coffman Theater at the University of Minnesota. This lecture was not recorded.

2017: Chungliang Al Huang "Balancing the Dance of Living"

2016: Rudy Tanzi, PhD "Super Brain and Super Genes: The Road to Radical Wellbeing"

2015: Dacher Keltner, PhD "Survival of the Kindest: A New Science of Compassion"

2014: Kelly McGonigal, PhD "The Willpower Instinct and The Neuroscience of Change"

2013: Steven Southwick, MD "Bouncing Back: How Science Informs Resilience"

2012: Esther Sternberg, MD "Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing"

2011: Stuart Brown, MD "The Neuroscience of Play"

2010: Jacqueline Olds "Exploring the Importance of Human Connections to Our Health and Wellness"

2009: Peter Whitehouse "Positive Aging Across the Lifespan: Myths About Alzheimer's Disease and How to Create Healthier Intergenerational Stories of Brain Aging"

2008: Matthieu Ricard "Train Your Mind change Your Brain: Cultivating the Inner Conditions for Genuine Happiness

2007: Dr. James Lynch "The Mind is the Teacher of the Soul but the Body is its Book

2006: Dr. Mimi Guarneri "Integrative Approaches to Cardiovascular Disease

2005: Richard Leider "Mindful Aging: Claiming Your Place at the Fire"

2004: Martin Seligman "Positive Psychology, Health and Well-Being"

2003: Dr. Michael Lerner " Why Personal & Environment Health are Inseparable in the 21st Century"

2002: Jean Achterberg "Frontiers in Mind-Body Healing"

2001: Mihaly Csikszentmihaly "The Creative Person and the Creative Process"

2000: Jon Kabat-Zinn "Mindfulness, Meditation and Healing in 21st Century Medicine"

1999: Kenneth R. Pelletier "Sound Mind, Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health"

Earlier lectures

1998 Herbert Benson, MD
1997 Erica S. Froelicher, PhD, RN
1996 Patricia M. Dubbert, PhD
1995 Bonnie G. Berger, Ed.D.
1994 Diane Wiese-Bjorrnstal, PhD
1993 William P. Morgan, PhD
1992 Ruth A. Stricker

Ellerbe Becket Optimal Healing Environments Lecture Series

As emerging research reveals that specific healthcare environments can reduce stress and encourage healing, integrative techniques for practical application are being explored. The University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing is at the forefront of this important and growing field. In a pioneering partnership with Ellerbe Becket, a Minneapolis-based international architectural/engineering firm, the Center for Spirituality & Healing is proud to announce the lecture series on Optimal Healing Environments.

Video: Blair Sadler: The Compelling and Strategic Business Case for Building Optimum Healing Environments

Video: Eve Edelstein: Creating Healing Spaces - Neuroscience & Architecture

Special Guest Lectures and Presentations

Video: Alejandro Chaoul: Tibetan Yoga - Awakening the Sacred Body

Video: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche: A Workshop for Healthcare Professionals: Understanding Meditation in Healthcare Begins With You

Video: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche: A Public Discussion: The Joy of Living - Meditation as a Path to Happiness

Video: Van Jones: Green Jobs - Rx for a Healthy Economy and Healthy Environment

Presentation: Thomas Moore: Healing Through Illness - Celebrating Art and Life

Presentation: Alex Stark: Designing Healing Spaces

Presentation: Marja Verhoef: Whole Systems Research - What it is and Why it is Important

Presenation: Esther Sternberg: Brain Immune Reactions

Video: Richard Davidson: Buddha's Brain

Online Modules

Evidence Informed Practice

Examine the role of each type of evidence in clinical decision-making, and focus on knowledge and skills needed to apply research evidence in practice.

Whole Systems Healing

Explore ways to cultivate health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, societies, and the environment by living and acting with awareness of the interconnectedness of all living systems.

Integrative Nursing

Start with the Introduction to Integrative Nursing module, then practice integrative nursing with a virtual patient in three interactive scenarios.