Arthur Stein (Art) is currently Professor Emeritus and a co-founder of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island (URI). He received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an educator, author, interfaith participant, and scholar-practitioner in various aspects of nonviolent social change and conflict resolution.
His books include Seeds of the Seventies: Values, Work and Commitment in Post-Vietnam America. For his teaching and community service, within and well beyond the classroom, Art has been recognized for his "commitments to human rights and ecological concerns that have inspired thousands of students over the years." He has been a speaker, "scholar in residence," and workshop facilitator at numerous universities, colleges, and civic programs worldwide.
Dr. Stein has studied and had longtime interests in the fields of comparative religion and spirituality, ethics, mysticism, and contemplative practice. Courses he has created and taught include "Wisdom Traditions of the World's Cultures and Religions," and "Meditation, Mindfulness and Peacebuilding: Within Ourselves and Globally." For over 40 years he has practiced meditation. He has participated as a presenter and/or facilitator in each of the five global Parliaments of the World's Religions held between 1993-2015.
Andrew Vidich Ph.D. is an award winning author, educator, and transformational speaker in the fields of spirituality, mysticism, and death and dying. He is the author and/or editor of five books. Dr. Vidich has been an adjunct assistant professor of religion at Manhattan College and at Iona College in New Rochelle where he has taught courses in the nature and experience of religion, meditation, and death and dying. He lectures and presents seminars and trainings at educational and religious institutions, conferences, radio and TV shows, throughout the world on a variety of leadership topics.
He is a founding member of The Interfaith Council of New York, a not-forprofit interfaith organization, as well as a member of the council of trustees of The Temple of Understanding, a global interfaith organization, which promotes understanding and cooperation across all religions and faiths. He has been meditating for over 45 years. He has participated as a presenter and/or facilitator in each of the five global Parliaments of the World's Religions held between 1993-2015.