Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brown Bag Series

The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being's Brown Bag Series are part of Mason’s Well-Being University initiative, dedicated to helping students, faculty, staff, and alumni build a life of vitality, purpose and resilience and ensuring Mason becomes a model well-being university where all community members are Thriving TogetherTo learn more about Mason’s Well-Being University initiative, visit wbu.gmu.edu.

 

FALL 2016 BROWN BAG SERIES:

Activist Well-Being and the Sustainability of Social Change Movements

Presenter: Paul Gorski, PhD

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Merten Hall, Room 1204

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Movements for social change are only as viable as the activists who are participating in them. Unfortunately, research has shown that the attrition rate for social justice and human rights activists is as high as 60%. For years social movement scholars assumed that this attrition rate was the result of wavering commitment. Dr. Gorski's research suggests that the biggest causes of attrition have nothing to do with wavering commitment, but instead can be attributed to the symptoms of activist burnout, when the anxiety and stresses associated with activism wreak such havoc on the emotional and physical health of activists that they are forced to walk away from causes to which they are tremendously committed. In this talk he will draw on the findings of this research in order to describe a framework for cultivating activist well-being in order to cultivate movement well-being.

To learn more about Dr. Gorski's research, read his recent work here.

 

SPRING 2016 BROWN BAG SERIES:

Civic Engagement, Social Justice, and Moving beyond the Individual Level in Facilitating Well-Being

Presenter: Lauren Cattaneo, PhD

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Merten Hall, Room 1204

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

In this brown bag, Dr. Cattaneo will discuss the ways that her research program integrates wellbeing beyond the level of the individual. Through a continuing focus on social justice, and through specific projects at the intersection of teaching and scholarship, Dr. Cattaneo’s lab is exploring the ways in which higher education can contribute to the wellbeing of communities.

 

FALL 2015 BROWN BAG SERIES:

Amplifying the Concept of 'Well-Being':Public and Global Dimensions

Presenter: Mark Jacobs, PhD

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Merten Hall, Room 1201

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

George Mason University established the world's first PhD Program in Public Sociology.  How does "public sociology" inflect the concept of well-being, and how does "well-being" inflect the concept of public sociology?

In this presentation, Dr. Jacobs will explore such dimensions of well-being as real utopias, human rights, building sustainable communities, and re-visioning the future, and consider issues of conceptualization and measurement. This discussion is a precursor to a workshop of the same name, open to the university and the public, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, the Provost's Center for Global Studies, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, to be held on Nov. 13-14, 2015.

The November workshop will bring together distinguished sociologists from the U.S. and Europe (including past presidents and other officers of both the American and the European Sociological Associations), as well as a representative of the Bhutanese government, to explore these critical issues from divergent perspectives.

 

Community Health and Well-Being

Presenter:  Nancy Freeborne, PhD

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Merten Hall, Room 1202

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Social support is one of many psychosocial variables that have been found to affect health, particularly cardiovascular disease. Other psychosocial variables, such as anxiety, depression, and hostility have been linked to heart attacks and strokes in individuals. Social support, which is sometimes difficult to measure and define, has been shown to be related to better health outcomes for individuals. We will discuss recent research trends regarding the relationship between social support and health, including the gender differences in this relationship.

 

To view Dr. Freeborn's presentation please downlaod the slides via the following link http://bit.ly/1XkFWoG.

 

(Postponed) Civic Engagement, Social Justice, and Moving beyond the Individual Level in Facilitating Well-Being

Presenter: Lauren Cattaneo, PhD

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Merten Hall, Room 1204

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

In this brown bag, Dr. Cattaneo will discuss the ways that her research program integrates wellbeing beyond the level of the individual. Through a continuing focus on social justice, and through specific projects at the intersection of teaching and scholarship, Dr. Cattaneo’s lab is exploring the ways in which higher education can contribute to the wellbeing of communities.

 

SPRING 2015 BROWN BAG SERIES: Hot Topics in Well-Being with Deanna Busteed

Hot Topics in Well Being: Stretch and Strengthen

Presenter: Deanna Busteed

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Merten Hall, Room 1201

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Join health, fitness, nutrition and well-being expert Deanna Busteed for a lively and interactive discussion on the latest topics in fitness and well-being. Learn simple yet challenging Exercises that can be done at home, work, or on the road to lengthen, strengthen and tone all major muscle groups using minimal equipment. 'No need to wear work-out gear -- come as you are, but come ready to MOVE! 

 

Hot Topics in Well Being: L.E.A.N (Lifestyle. Empowerment. Attitude. Nutrition.)

Presenter: Deanna Busteed

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Merten Hall, Room 1201

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Join health, fitness, nutrition and well-being expert Deanna Busteed for a lively and interactive discussion on the latest topics in fitness and well-being. Learn how to make small lifestyle changes  that can make a BIG impact on your overall health!

 

Hot Topics in Well Being: Strengths Based Wellness

Presenter: Deanna Busteed

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Merten Hall, Room 1201

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Join health, fitness, nutrition and well-being expert Deanna Busteed for a lively and interactive discussion on the latest topics in fitness and well-being. Join us for this interactive workshop to learn how to utilize your innate talents and strengths to promote a healthier you! 

 

FALL 2104 BROWN BAG SERIES:

The Culture of Companionate Love in Organizations

Presenter: Dr. Olivia O'Neil

Date: September 25, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

“Love” is a word that has been largely neglected within the workplace domain, yet for more than half a century, psychologists have studied companionate love—defined as feelings of affection, compassion, caring, and tenderness for others—as a basic emotion fundamental to the human experience. In this presentation, Dr. O’Neill explains what we mean by a “culture of companionate love” in the workplace and examines the culture’s influence on outcomes for employees, the clients they serve, and employees’ families.  She will discuss the relevance of a culture of companionate love for a variety of industries and explores its managerial implications for the healthcare industry and beyond.

To view Dr. O'Neill's presentation please downlaod the slides via the following link http://bit.ly/ZgeBeS.

For Dr. O'Neill's study please download the document via the following link http://bit.ly/1myqTtc.

 

Examining and Improving Affective Well-Being at Work

Presenter: Dr. Seth Kaplan

Date: October 22, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Work is a fundamental part of most our lives, and well-being at work influences and is influenced by more general well-being. In this brown bag presentation, Dr. Seth Kaplan, Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the Psychology Department at George Mason University will discuss recent research on work-related well-being, with a focus on workplace affect. He also will be sharing results from studies examining the effectiveness of activities that employees can perform to boost their work-related well-being.

 

Mindful Self-Leadership   

Presenter: Dr. Gregory C. Unruh

Date: November 13, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Join us for an engaging discussion with Dr. Unruh on mindful self-leadership. Dr. Unruh will share his experiences working with senior business leaders in dozens of executive education programs exploring the idea of "Self Leadership" and how it can help managers develop greater self awareness in their work and life.

Dr. Gregory C. Unruh is the Arison Professor of Values Leadership at Mason and an expert on sustainable business strategy. An outspoken advocate of environmental sustainability and climate responsibility, Dr. Unruh has served as a technical reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US President Al Gore. 

 

SPRING 2014 BROWN BAG SERIES: 

Growth in Subjective Well-Being and Income Over Time

Presenter: Dr. Justin Wolfers

Date: February 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Location: Johnson Center, A

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Dr. Justin Wolfers is one of the world's most famous happiness economists — economists who use large data sets and sophisticated statistics to figure out what makes people happy. During this lecture on Mason's Fairfax campus, Dr. Wolfers (from the University of Michigan and the Brookings Institution) will discuss recent joint work with Dr. Betsey Stevenson on the relationship between income and happiness. The event is organized by Mason's brand new undergraduate program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. The event is free and open to the public. 

 

Aligning with the Spirit of Well-Being

Presenter: Ricardo Sanchez

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

RSVP recommended but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Ricardo Sanchez, M.Ed. is a clinical mental health counselor and a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, as well as an artist, Andean musician, and practitioner of the Native healing arts. Born in Arequipa, Peru, Ricardo grew up living the teachings passed on from his Quechua-speaking parents, grounded by a love and reverence for nature and an awareness of the interconnectedness of his community. Ricardo will discuss traditional and non-traditional approaches to experiencing well-being, with practical applications for today's multicultural and fast-paced society. He will review the relationship between ancient natural living, ecological system theories and modern well-being. Ricardo received his master's degree in Counseling and Human Development from George Mason University in 2013 and is working toward his Ph.D. He earned a graduate certificate in Grief, Loss and Life Transitions from The George Washington University in 2010. 

 

Goals and Self-Regulation Part II: A Pathway Toward a More Satisfying Life

PresenterJames Maddux, Ph.D.

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

RSVP recommended, but not required.

**FREE and Open to the Public**

In this brown bag presentation, Dr. James Maddux continues with Part II from last semester and will review theory and research on the contributions to well-being and life satisfaction of goals and progress toward goals through the exercise of self-regulation. Among the topics to be discussed are types of goals, willpower versus self-regulation, self-efficacy beliefs, and the role of goals in attaining mindfulness and "flow."

 

FALL 2013 BROWN BAG SERIES:

 

Early Childhood Educators’ Emotional Labor and Well-Being

PresentersElizabeth Levine Brown, Ph.D. and Colleen Vesely, Ph.D.

Date: Monday, September 16, 2013 

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

Recent empirical research shows that early childhood educators lack preparation in anticipating the emotional demands of their jobs (also theorized as emotional labor), which can lead to deficits in well-being, and ultimately challenges interacting sensitively with young children and families.  In this presentation, Drs. Brown and Vesely will discuss a new study designed to assess how early childhood educators’ emotional labor and well-being influences teacher sensitivity during interactions with marginalized children and families, and, longitudinally, the developmental and academic outcomes for young children. 

*To view a video for the Early Childhood Educators' Emotional Labor and Well-Being, please go here http://vimeo.com/74732697.

 

Goals and Self-Regulation: A Pathway Toward a More Satisfying Life

PresenterJames E. Maddux, Ph.D.

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013 

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

In this brown bag presentation, Dr. James E. Maddux, will review theory and research on the contributions to well-being and life satisfaction of goals and progress toward goals through the exercise of self-regulation. Among the topics to be discussed are types of goals, willpower versus self-regulation, self-efficacy beliefs, and the role of goals in attaining mindfulness and "flow." 

A Well-Being University 

Presenter: Nance Lucas, Ph.D.

Date: Monday, October 28, 2013

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

The Center for Consciousness & Transformation is leading an initiative with the Well-Being University Learning Community—made up of more than 20 faculty members, staff and students—to position Mason to evolve as a well-being university. The Well-Being University initiative is designed to be inclusive, collaborative, engaging, and accessible to all students, faculty, and staff. This brown bag lunch is designed to provide an overview of the scholarship that supports the initiative and the proposed activities.  Brown bag participants are invited to provide feedback and ideas with the goal of influencing the well-being university blueprint.

*To view the video for A Well-Being University, please go here http://vimeo.com/78103737.

 

Saving Ourselves, Saving the World: Sustainable Healthy Lifestyle

Unfortunately, this Wednesday's Brown Bag presentation had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We are working to reschedule the event and will post that information as soon as it is available.

Presenter: Jelena Kecmanovic, Ph.D.

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

Research and practice have shown that most popular approaches to achieving weight loss and healthy lifestyle are ineffective, or even harmful, in the long run.  In this presentation, psychotherapist Dr. Kecmanovic will offer an evidence-based alternative, based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and grounded in a science of willpower.  Both didactic and experiential methods will be used to discuss: clarifying values and setting achievable goals, mindful eating and being, handling cravings and resisting temptations; dealing with negative thoughts and emotions; increasing present moment motivation, and persistently engaging in valued behaviors. To learn more about Dr. Kecmanovic, visit her website at http://behaviortherapyinstitute.com.

 

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