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Law Professor and Mindfulness Scholar To Give NCCIH Straus Lecture, Dec. 15

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Rhonda V. Magee

NCCIH will present the 2021 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies virtually on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Rhonda V. Magee, professor of law at the University of San Francisco and a longtime scholar and teacher of mindfulness, will speak on “Mindfulness as a Support for Healing Conversations and Actions Toward Social Justice and Equity.” 

Magee is an internationally recognized thought and practice leader on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social justice and on social identity-based bias. She is author of the book The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness. She holds law and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia.

Magee will describe some of the research on how mindfulness has been shown to help people increase their emotional resilience, for example, or address fears and other emotions, choose how to respond to injustice or change unhelpful habits. She will also discuss a new area of study—external mindfulness and its effects. 

Th annual lecture honors NCCIH founding director Dr. Stephen E. Straus and is supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher. Registration is required. The event home page is

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