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Meera and Jasvant Modi International Conference

Ahimsa (Nonviolence) and the Quality of Life

Cal Poly Pomona: Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major

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 Fri, April 28

8:30 a.m.

Check-in and Registration:
Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major


9:15 a.m.

Welcome Addresses
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Michael Ortiz,
University President

Barbara Way,
Dean, College of Letters, Arts and
Social Sciences


9:45 a.m.

Felicitations and Recognitions
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10:15 a.m.

Conference Introduction
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Tara Sethia,
Ahimsa Center, Cal Poly Pomona


10:30 a.m.

Opening Session: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives on Quality of Life
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Session Moderator: Nirmal Sethia
MHR, Cal Poly Pomona



Quality of Life: Perspectives from Eastern and Western Traditions
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James O’Toole
Aspen Institute and Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California



Current Research in the Quality of Life: Scientific Approaches to Happiness
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Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
Quality of Life Research Center, Claremont Graduate University.


12:15 a.m.

-- Lunch (Mexican Theme) --

1:30 p.m.

Ahimsa and the Pursuit of Happiness: Insights from Indian Traditions
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Padmanabh S. Jaini
Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Moderator: Christopher Key Chapple
Loyola Marymount University

2:15 p.m.

Igniting the Genius within and Transforming the Quality of Life
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Prasad Kaipa
Kaipa Group

Moderator: Jeff Smith
Lunar Design


3:00 p.m.

-- Break --

3:15 p.m.

Ethical Conduct: A Workplace Oxymoron or Business Need?
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Neerja Raman
Former Director, Strategic Planning and Imaging for Printing at HP Labs.

Moderator: Dorothy D. Wills
Anthropology, Cal Poly Pomona


4:00 p.m.

Becoming One: Service & the Inner Net
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Nipun Mehta,

Moderator: Sharon Collins,
L.A. Shanti


4:45 p.m.

-- Refreshment Break --

5:15 p.m.

Panel: Teaching About Nonviolence in Schools: Why and How?
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Moderator: Tomás Morales,
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Cal Poly Pomonas



Nonviolence and Safe Schools
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Johnny Reyes,
Diamond Ranch High, Pomona Unified District

Connecting to the Concept of Nonviolence Through Powerful Texts
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Heather Penrod,
Reseda High, Los Angeles Unified District

Putting the Spirit Back in the Classroom
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Christian Bracho,
Hacienda La Puente Unified District

Shalom Montgomery,
Los Altos High

Building Soul Force with Drama
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Teresa Burke,
Howe Elementary, San Juan Unified District

Transformative Telling: Expanding human potential through the art of digital storytelling
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Karen Bzroska,
Media Vision, Cal Poly Pomona


7:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks
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Tomás Morales
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Cal Poly Pomona


7:15 p.m.

Dinner (Italian Theme)

Sat, April 29

9:00 a.m.

Check-in and Registration:
Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major


9:30 a.m.

Ecological Nonviolence: Reconciling Individual Quality of Life with Global Habitat Restoration
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Michael Tobias
Dancing Star Foundation

Moderator: Daniel K. Lewis
Chair, History Dept., Cal Poly Pomona


10:30 a.m.

Panel: Nonviolent Economics and Ecological SustainabilityBandwidth: High | Low

Panel Chair: Steve McCaulley
Physics Dept., Cal Poly Pomona



The Economics of Ahimsa and the Environment
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Amit Basole,
Economics Dept., University of Massachusetts

Earth Democracy, Ahimsa and the Quality of Life
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Andrew Moss,
English Dept., Cal Poly Pomona


11:45 a.m.

-- Lunch (Indian Theme) --

1:00 p.m.

Panel: Mediation, Meditation and Conflict Resolution
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Moderator: Shayna Parekh,
Law School, Yale University



Meditation and Inner Peace
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Samani Charitraprajna
Jain Vishva Bharti Institute, USA

Mindfullness and the Art of Mediation
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Elizabeth Davey,

Environmental Law, Compassion and Creative Negotiations
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Erica Martin,
Environmental Protection Agency

Meditation, Mediation and the Clients' Quality of Life
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Eva Malhotra,
Malhotra and Malhotra Law Offices


3:00 p.m.

-- Refreshment Break --

3:30 p.m.

Coffee House and the Ashram: Satyagraha, Gandhi and the Public Sphere
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Lloyd Rudolph
University of Chicago

Susanne Rudolph
University of Chicago

Moderator: Tara Sethia
History Dept. & Ahimsa Center, Cal Poly Pomona


4:15 p.m.

-- Break --

4:30 p.m.

Closing Session
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Session Moderator: Bob Suzuki
President Emeritus, Cal Poly Pomona



The Seed and the Spinning Wheel: Gandhi and Alternatives to Corporate Globalization.
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Vandana Shiva
Foundation of Science, Technology, and Ecology, India


Nonviolence Is A Way of Life
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Satish Kumar
Schumacher College, UK


6:00 p.m.

Reflections on the Conference: A Roundtable
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Carol Holder,
Professor Emerita of English, Cal Poly Pomona

Susanna Barkataki,
Cleveland Humanities Magnet School

Bipin Shah,


6:30 p.m.

-- Dinner (Asian Theme) --

8:00 p.m.

Concert: Creative World Music for Peace

Paul Livingstone and Salaam Suite
The Salaam Suite Emsemble is a musical dialogue for unity, peace and hope, integrating popular styles and world music in its songs and collective improvisations.

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