Feature Stories Campus Events All Stories

Stanford Professor Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu to Address W&L’s Phi Beta Kappa Convocation

The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University will induct new members into the prestigious honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on March 18 at 3 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

The keynote speaker will be Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Program in Health and Human Performance. His talk is titled “A Heartful Way of Living with Mindfulness, Compassion and Responsibility.” The convocation is free and open to the public.

Shigematsu is a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard University and training in clinical and community psychology, yoga, meditation and Chinese medicine. He was a professor of education and at the University of Tokyo and director of its international counseling center. At Stanford University, he co-founded the LifeWorks program in contemplative and integrative education.

Shigematsu has been a teacher and counselor for children and adults in schools and universities in Japan and the U.S., from daycare to medical school. He uses storytelling, both written and oral, to enhance whole-person learning and mindful citizenship.

His research includes fieldwork in Okinawa and other parts of Japan in healing and human development as a Fulbright scholar. His current research is in the assessment of mindfulness in promoting personal well-being, leadership and social transformation.

Shigematsu is the author of books, articles and essays in both English and Japanese, he writes about multicultural perspectives on mindfulness, identity and citizenship. His newest book was published last month and is titled “From Mindfulness to Heartfulness, Transforming Self and Society with Compassion.”

The talk will be streamed at https://livestream.com/wlu/pbk-2018.

At the convocation, the chapter will announce the winner of the Phi Beta Kappa J. Brown Goehring Sophomore Award. The award goes to the student with the highest cumulative scholastic average through the end of the fall term of his or her sophomore year.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Its motto is “Love of learning is the guide of life.”

Class of 2017

  • Samuel Thomas Gibson
  • Corinne Ellen Wood

Class of 2018

  • Parker Elizabeth Burrus
  • Mary-Frances Elizabeth Hall
  • Courtney D. Hauck
  • Caroline Ashmore Holliday
  • Truth Iyiewuare
  • Savannah Lynn Kimble
  • Evan Scott Kueffner
  • Emily Elizabeth Limmer
  • Julie Ruth Malone
  • Alex Meilech
  • Nicolas Howard Peck
  • Mary Elizabeth Silliman
  • Natalie Sloane Smith
  • Emily Cordelia Stewart
  • Thomas Hart Thetford
  • Mara Elizabeth Tynan
  • Katrina Michelle Volk
  • Mary Page Welch
  • Jonathan T. Williams

Class of 2019

  • Hammad Ahmad
  • Ryder Tobin Babik
  • Nathan Brewer
  • Hung Viet Chu
  • Natalie Stefanie Dabrowski
  • Alex Farley
  • Joshua Fox
  • Rossella Ivana Gabriele
  • Margaret Grace Kallus
  • Morgan Maloney
  • Julia Mayol
  • Mary Hampton Brown McNeal
  • Katherine Oakley
  • Kathryn Kalady Osowski
  • Henry Carr Patrick III
  • Justin J. Pedersen
  • Lauren Elizabeth Pupa
  • Jackson Arthur Roberts
  • Lisa Amy Roth
  • Brittany Lynn Smith
  • Mohini Tangri
  • Aidan Patrick Valente

If you know a W&L member who has done great, accolade-worthy things, tell us about them! Nominate them for an accolade.