ASIANetwork 2018 Annual Conference
Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University and serves as Senior Advisor to the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE). She is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) in Shambhala International, and teaches meditation widely. She co-chairs the Contemplative Studies Steering Committee for the American Academy of Religion, and is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala) and editor, with Fran Grace, of Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies.
Bidisha Biswas, Professor of Political Science at Western Washington University, previously served as a Franklin Fellow policy adviser to the United States Department of State. Bidisha works on international security, diaspora and immigration related issues. Bidisha’s recently publications are Managing Conflicts in India: Policies of Coercion and Accommodation (2013) and Indian Immigrant Women and Work: The American Experience (2016). Her publications on pedagogy are at PS: Political Science and Politics.