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AAACE 2020 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Elizabeth Tisdell

Mindful Discourses and the Discourses of Mindfulness:
Their Role in Challenging Power Relations and in Difficult Dialogues


Mindfulness discourses are present everywhere these days from boardrooms to classrooms, and in face-to-face, virtual, online and social media settings. Similarly, power relations are always present in society and affect what goes on in all learning environments, and relates to how we can keep dialogue open even in the face of controversy and difficult discussions. The purpose of the session will be to explore how we can dialogue and challenge power relations in multiple learning environments by mindfully and heart fully listening to discourse as stories and responding with open minds that makes for greater equity in learning environments on and offline. This presentation well makes use of stories and examples and will be both didactic and experiential. 


Dr. Elizabeth Tisdell, Professor of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, is currently Chair of the Division of Health and Professional Studies, and teaches in the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Master’s and Doctoral Programs, the Joint MD/M.Ed. Program (now in its third year), and in the Graduate Certificate in Adult Education in the Health and Medical Professions at Penn State Harrisburg. She received her Ed.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, and holds an M.A. in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Maine. She was the Chair of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education through the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education from 2012-2014, the Co-Editor of the Adult Education Quarterly, from 2006-2011, and serves on numerous editorial boards of scholarly journals.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Tisdell has published in the area of feminist pedagogy, multicultural education, critical medial literacy, the role of spirituality in dealing with cultural imagination and in challenging power relations, and in medical education. She has recently co-edited a New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education issue on Mindfulness in Adult Education (2019), and in this talk will discuss the role of the discourses of Mindfulness in dealing with difficult dialogues.



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