February 8, 15, & 22

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm ET

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Law professor and mindfulness practitioner Rhonda V. Magee teaches that the work of racial justice begins within ourselves.

When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts may tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of our own tribe, and to blame others. However, the practice of embodied mindfulness—paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way—increases our emotional resilience, helps us to recognize unconscious bias, and offers space to become less reactive and to choose how we respond to injustice. 

By dissolving our personal barriers to connection we can develop the ability to view others with compassion and to live in community with people of vastly different backgrounds and viewpoints.

Incorporating mindfulness exercises, research, and Rhonda's hard-won insights, The Inner Work of Racial Justice offers a road map to a more peaceful world. Join IMS and Rhonda V. Magee this February for an important conversation and practice community on the inner work of racial justice, and learn how mindfulness may help us—individually and collectively—heal and transform.

To maximize your Book Club experience, please read and be prepared to discuss the following chapters from The Inner Work of Racial Justice:

Tuesday, February 8
Epigraph Poem, Contents, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Introduction, Part One & Part Two (Beginning through Chapter 11)

Tuesday, February 15
Part Three & Part Four (Chapters 12-21)

Tuesday, February 22
Part Five (Chapters 22-25)

This program will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing after the live sessions. On-demand videos will be available for 90-days following the live event.

Meet the Author

Rhonda V. Magee

Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. A prolific author, she draws on law and legal history to weave storytelling, poetry, analysis and practices into inspiration for changing how we think, act and live better together in a rapidly changing world. Born in North Carolina in 1967, Rhonda experienced a childhood of significant trauma and challenge. Yet, she was gifted with the insight that through a life of caring engagement, self-development, and service with others, she could find a way up and out. She has dedicated her life to healing and teaching in ways that support others in a journey to wholeness and justice. A student of a variety of Buddhist and other wisdom teachers, including Norman Fischer, Joan Halifax and Jon Kabat Zinn, she trained as a mindfulness teacher through the Oasis Teacher Training Institute of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness-based interventions, awareness, and compassion practices from a range of traditions. A former President of the board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Professor Magee is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, where she recently completed a two-year term on its steering council. She is a member of the board of advisors of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and the board of directors for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. A professor of Law for twenty years (tenured since 2004), Rhonda teaches courses dealing civil actions for personal injury and insurance recovery; courses dealing with race and inequality; and a course she co-created on mindfulness and lawyering, Rhonda is experienced in interpersonal dynamics-informed small group facilitation (supported by training, retreats, and practice through a variety of programs, including Stanford University’s Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator Program and Gregory Kramer’s Insight Dialogue). Rhonda’s teaching and writing support compassionate conflict engagement and management; holistic problem-solving to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable and injured; presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and humanizing approaches to education. She sees embodied mindfulness meditation and the allied disciplines of study and community engagement as keys to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation in the face of the challenges and opportunities of our time. Her first book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, was published in 2019.