Spirituality and Transformation:
Bridging Wisdom and Research for Effective Practice
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, New Brunswick
June 19-21m 2008
2008 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Dr. Michael Higgins
"Spirituality as a Science of the Heart"
Dr. Higgins is President of St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and former President of St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. He is a highly regarded scholar and sought-after public speaker who has written or co-written over 11 books including Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton, and Stalking the Holy: In Pursuit of Saint Making. Michael may also be recognized as a frequent commentator on CBC radio, and also as a contributor to the CBC program Ideas.
Dr. Hilary N. Weaver
"Spirituality in Cross Cultural Contexts: Implications for Practice and Research"
Dr. Weaver, DSW (Lakota) is a Professor in the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo (State University of New York). Her teaching, research, and service focus on cultural issues in the helping process with a particular focus on indigenous populations. She currently serves as President of the American Indian Alaska Native Social Work Educators Association and President of the Board of Directors of Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties. Dr. Weaver has presented her work regionally, nationally, and internationally including presenting at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in 2005, 2006, and 2007. She has numerous publications including the recent text, Explorations in Cultural Competence: Journeys to the Four Directions (2005). Dr. Weaver is currently funded by the National Cancer Institute to develop and test a culturally-grounded wellness curriculum for urban Native American youth, the Healthy Living in Two Worlds program.