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Deborah Orr

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Department of Humanities

Associate Professor

Office: McLaughlin College, 044
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77024
Email: dorr@yorku.ca
Attached CV: http://profiles.laps.yorku.ca/files/DEBORAH-JANE-ORR-CV-Aug-2019.pdf


Professor Deborah Orr is an Associate Professor in the Division of Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Program and in the Graduate Program in Humanities, Religion, Values and Culture Field. Her research and teaching bring a philosophical perspective to issues in the areas of gender, ethics, embodiment, spirituality, and pedagogy. Deborah has been active in organizing a series of conferences on holistic teaching and learning. She also teaches Iyengar method yoga, meditation, and philosophy.

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Professor Deborah Orr is appointed to the Division of Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Studies Faculty. Her discipline is philosophy. Her Master’s thesis is "Verstehen: A Critical Study of Dilthey’s Epistemology and Methodology", and her doctoral thesis is on "Concepts of Understanding in the Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Mature Period". She is currently working on a book about the uses of yoga, including mindfulness practices, in teaching and learning with the working title "Thinking Outside the Academic Box".

Deborah’s research and teaching bring a philosophical perspective to issues in the areas of gender, ethics, embodiment, spirituality, and pedagogy, especially the interface between these and mindfulness practice.

Her Current Teaching is: Huma1951 9.0 "Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology" and GS/Huma6154 3.0 "Introduction to Mindfulness" Understanding and Using Mindfulness in the Professions"

Deborah has been active in organizing a series of conferences on holistic teaching and learning. She has offered a range of sessions at the conferences, including the pre-conference session, “Mindfulness in Anti-Oppressive Teaching and Learning” at the Sixth Conference in 2007. The Ninth International Holistic Learning Conference will be held at Geneva Park, Orillia in October, 2013. Information on the upcoming conference will be posted as it becomes available on the website: http://www.astralsite.com/holistic.

Deborah sits on the editorial board of 'Other Education"

Deborah also teaches Iyengar method yoga, meditation, and philosophy in various non-academic venues in Toronto. Some Recent Publications: Chapters in Books: (2018 Forthcoming) . “Ethics, Mindfulness and Skillfulness”, Singh, Nirbhay, Ron Purser, Steven Stanley (Eds.). Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. New York: Springer. 2017. “Nature, Human Nature and Human-as-Nature: For Cecil”, Olen Gunnlaugsan, Ed Sarath, Heesoon Bai and Charles Scott (Eds.). Intersubjective Turn in Contemplative Education: Shared Approaches for Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines. New York: SUNY 2017. “Meditating with Wittgenstein: Constructing and Deconstructing the Language-games of Masculinity”, Peters, Michael A. and Jeff Stickney (Eds.) A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations. New York: Springer.

Degrees

1985. Ph.D., York University, Department of Philosophy
1979. M.A., York University, Department of Philosophy
1973. B.A. (Hons.)., York University, Department of Psychology

Professional Leadership

Development of Mindfulness and Contemplative Education website This website is designed to provide opportunities for connection and collaboration and is open to all students, researchers and academics interested in any aspect of contemplative education. Registration is free and full professional information, announcements and other information can be posted.

Community Contributions

Extra-University Community Service:

Iyengar Yoga School of Toronto, “The Ethics of Patajali’s Classical Yoga, 2008 – 2011.
Iyengar Yoga School of Toronto, “The Philosophy of Classical Yoga: Patajali’s Yoga Sutra, 2006-07
Iyengar Yoga School of Toronto, “The Philosophy of Classical Yoga: Patajali’s Yoga Sutra, January 2006 – June, 2006.
Yoga Instructor, Iyengar Yoga School of Toronto, October 2005 – present.
Yoga Instructor, Parks and Recreation Toronto, 1998 - present
Chair, Newsletter Committee, Yoga Centre Toronto, 1996-1999
Editor, The Yoga Flyer, 1996-1999
Yoga Teaching, various venues, 1997 - present

Research Interests

Philosophy , Ethics, Philosophy of Mindfulness, Application of Mindfulness to Anti-oppressive Pedagogy and Praxis

Current Research Projects

“ Mindfulness and Contemplative Education Website”

    Description:

    The Mindfulness and Contemplative Education Website, is an interactive site for teachers, academics, researchers and students who are utilizing,researching or interested in learning about mindfulness and other contemplative processes in teaching and learning. Registration and all uses are free. Members can post full information about themselves and their work, announce upcoming events, new publications, calls for papers, etc. and can also join a discussion forum or simply contact others who share their interests. We are rapidly populating and developing an international membership.

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"Students' Voices for a Sustainable Future"

    Summary:

    This anthology will be comprised of the writings of graduate and recent graduate students on Contemplative education with a focus on mindfulness as it relates to developing a sustainable future. Note that the book title has been changed to more accurately reflect its focus.

    Description:

    See the book call on the Mindfulness and Contemplative Education website: http://www.contemplativeeducation.ca Students Learning for a Contemplative Future Society has developed a rapidly increasing interest in contemplative practices and spiritual experiences both outside of and within traditional educational establishments. Many students at all levels are now being taught a wide range of these practices in the classroom. Some are simply introduced, for instance, to mindfulness techniques for the purpose of developing the ability to enhance studying and to cope more effectively with the stresses of their lives and education. In other classrooms their introduction includes practices to develop the insights and creativity needed to develop new ways of personal being and to bring about change in their area of study or performance. In other courses, students engage in advanced and in-depth study of traditional texts and techniques, often with a focus specifically on applying them to their professional interests. Their experiences and learning in all of these classrooms will influence the work for which they are preparing and the world that work will impact. While it is not the purpose of contemplative practices and non-religious spirituality to impart an ideology, a moral code or a particular prescription for the future, they can and do provide the tools with which students and citizens can challenge and change the status quo. There is now a burgeoning resource of books, journals and conferences devoted to these practices and their educational uses. These, of course, are typically produced by academics and researchers. They address a multitude of issues in the areas of pedagogic theory and praxis, the analysis and contemporary utilization of these practices, their challenges to the prevailing concepts of the autonomous individual and her/his isolated ego, applications to specific disciplinary areas and much else. Many millennia of practice as well as contemporary research shows clearly that contemplative practices have the ability to challenge students’ relationship with their socio-cultural and ecological environment by fostering greater self-understanding and awareness of one’s interconnectedness with others and the world at large. Available academic resources in these and other areas are essential to the ongoing development of this innovative pedagogy and the changes in students it can foster. But what is often missing is the students’ perspective on their own learning experiences, personal development and visions of a new future for themselves, their broader community and the ecology. This volume is designed to address that lacuna. Of special interest will be students’ plans for the applications of what they are now learning they anticipate making as they develop their careers and thus impact their world. This anthology will provide an opportunity for students’ voices to be heard. In the course of their academic work they research, experiment with and develop new approaches to addressing a wide range of issues. In doing this they not only undergo personal change, they also often cross the boundaries of the silos in which academic work is typically confined. We welcome work which engages multiple intellectual sites, media, creative arts and other areas to produce enhanced modes of understanding and innovate approaches to the future. Much of the work by students is of exceptional quality. This volume will provide an opportunity for it to address the most promising recent developments in pedagogy and to reach a broader readership beyond their teachers and classmates. SUBMISSIONS Since this book will be adventurous in breaking traditional boundaries of academic discourse and critiquing established cultural and social practices, it will be of interest to a broad readership. Teachers and faculty at all levels, upper level undergraduates and graduate students will find works of interest here. We also aim to engage those outside of the academic environment who are utilizing contemplative practices in any manner in the particular areas in which they work. These would include, for instance, global warming, wealth and income disparities, preparing students for precarious work, social work, addressing poverty, psychotherapy, and a wide range of others. We are also pleased to accept different mediums of work. Apart from essays, we will be publishing anecdotes, case-studies and projects/experiments that revolve around the subject matter. Artistic expression of the above-mentioned subject-matter is also encouraged. Below we have provided a working Table of Contents. It will be focused once we received the work to be included in the volume; this is provisional and not meant to confine the contributor’s discourse. As indicated, it is well recognized that the silos created by academic disciplines can both hinder and distort the understanding of issues and hence greatly restrict the efficacy of attempts to address them. We encourage writers to transgress these boundaries as they seek deeper and more comprehensive understanding and more creative approaches

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Books

Publication
Year

Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.

2007

Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006.

2006

Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Jack Miller, Selia Karsten, Diana Denton, Deborah Orr and Isabella Kates. New York: SUNY, 2005.

2005

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

(2018 Forthcoming) . “Ethics, Mindfulness and Skillfulness”, Singh, Nirbhay, Ron Purser, Steven Stanley (Eds.). Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. New York: Springer.

2018

2017. “Meditating with Wittgenstein: Constructing and Deconstructing the Language-games of Masculinity”, Peters, Michael A. and Jeff Stickney (Eds.) A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations. New York: Springer.

2017

2017. “Nature, Human Nature and Human-as-Nature: For Cecil”, Olen Gunnlaugsan, Ed Sarath, Heesoon Bai and Charles Scott (Eds.). Intersubjective Turn in Contemplative Education: Shared Approaches for Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines. New York: SUNY

2017

A Philosophical Grounding for Contemplative Education. Contemplative Learning and Enquiry Across the Disciplines. Gunnlaugson, O., E.W. Sarath, C. Scott and H. Bai, Eds. New York: SUNY.2014.

2014

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Informal Logic, Gender and Pedagogy. Readings in Argumentation. Ed. Angela Aguayo and Tim Steffensmeier. State College, Pa.: Strata Publishing Inc. 2008.

2008

Introduction to Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. 3-14.

2007

The Mind/Body Paradigm Crisis and a New Paradigm for Feminism. Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. 15-40.

2007

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation. Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 59-80.

2006

Thinking Through the Body: An Introduction to Beliefs, Bodies and Being. Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 1-10.

2006

Minding the Soul in Education: Conceptualizing and Teaching the Whole Person. Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Jack Miller, Selia Karsten, Diana Denton, Deborah Orr and Isabella Kates. New York: SUNY, 2005. 87-100.

2005

The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis, Hawaii International Conferences on The Arts and Humanities Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 12 - 15, 2003 (CD ROM, 2003) (1 page).

2003

Developing Wittgenstein’s Picture of the Soul: Toward a Feminist Spiritual Erotics. Feminist Interpretations of Wittgenstein Ed. Naomi Scheman and Peg O’Connor. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State Press, 2002. 322-343.

2002

Mothers as Moral Educators: Teaching Language and Nurturing Souls. Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment, and Transformation. Ed. O’Reilly, Andrea and Sharon Abbey, Lanham and Boulder. New York, Oxford: Rowan & Littlefield, 2000.

2000

(2018 Forthcoming) . “Ethics, Mindfulness and Skillfulness”, Singh, Nirbhay, Ron Purser, Steven Stanley (Eds.). Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. New York: Springer. 2017. “Nature, Human Nature and Human-as-Nature: For Cecil”, Olen Gunnlaugsan, Ed Sarath, Heesoon Bai and Charles Scott (Eds.). Intersubjective Turn in Contemplative Education: Shared Approaches for Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines. New York: SUNY 2017. “Meditating with Wittgenstein: Constructing and Deconstructing the Language-games of Masculinity”, Peters, Michael A. and Jeff Stickney (Eds.) A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations. New York: Springer.


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

In A Mindful Moral Voice: Education, Mindful Compassion and Gilligan’s Care, Paideusis, 21/2, 42-54.2014.

2014

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Education, Other Education. 2012.

2012

'The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis.' Canadian Journal of Education 27.4 (2004): 477–498.

2004

'The Crone as Lover and Teacher: A Philosophical Reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.' Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 18.1 (2002): 25-50.

2002

Teaching Gender and Ethics, Teaching Ethics on Campus , ed. MacNiven, C. Donald and David P. Shugarman, York Univ. Centre for Practical Ethics, 1999, 25 - 29. (5 pp.)

1999

Toward a Critical Rethinking of Feminist Pedagogical Praxis and Resistant Male Students, Canadian Journal of Education, 18/3 (Summer,1993) 239 -254 (26 pp.).

1993

Did Wittgenstein Have a Theory of Hinge Propositions?, Philosophical Investigations, 12/2 (Ap. 1989), 134 - 153 (19 pp.).

1989

Just the Facts Ma’am, Informal Logic, Informal Logic 11/1 (Winter, 1989), 1 - 10 (10 pp.)

1989

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation, IAPH Website, http://www.iaph.org


Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Contemplating Contemplative Education”, Panel with Heesoon Bai, Claudia Eppert, Thomas Falkenberg, Dave Chang, Derek Rasmussen, Lee Beavington, Cristina Serverius, Avraham Cohen. ”, CSSE 2015, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont. May 31 – June 3, 2015.

2015

‘Mindfulness for Minding the Ecological Crisis”, CSSE University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont. May 31 – June 3, 2015.

2015

Mindfulness for Teaching and Learning, Teaching In Focus Conference: Educational Innovation & Transformation, York University, May 22, 2014.

2014

Growing Up Mindfully, Education for Sustainable Well-Being Conference, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 16, 2013.

2013

In a Mindful Moral Voice: Education, Mindful Compassion and Gilligan’s Care. Embodiment, Mindfulness: Contemplative Perspectives and Approaches to Education, May Symposium Keynote, Simon Fraser University, May 16.

2013

Mindful Yoga in Your Day. Ninth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 4 – 6.

2013

Mindfulness and the Ethical Classroom, Ninth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 4 – 6.

2013

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: A Guided Tour. Papers Please, HuGSA Conference York University, May 26 – 27.2013.

2013

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: Uses of Mindfulness in Education. Inkshed Conference Keynote , University of Toronto, May 29 – 30.

2012

Listening to Yourself/Listening to Your Students, Eighth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 21 – 23, 2011.

2011

Mindful Yoga Practice, Eighth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 21 – 23, 2011.

2011

Toward and Ethic of Compassion: Metaphysics, Convention and Meditation. International Association of Women in Philosophy Conference (IAPh 2010), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, June 25 – 28, 2010.

2010

Bringing Mindfulness into your Day, Seventh International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 23 – 25, 2009.

2009

Everyday Mindfullness (2 sessions), Seventh International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 23 – 25, 2009.

2009

Mindfulness in Anti-Oppressive Teaching and Learning, Sixth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 25 - 28, 2007.

2007

Mindfulness as a Tool for Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy, Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, The Learned Societies Conference, York University, May, 2006.

2006

Mindful Pedagogy, Fifth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 28-30, 2005.

2005

Centering and Settling: Mindful Yoga Survival Strategies for Stressed-out Teachers, Fourth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 24 - 26, 2003.

2003

The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis, Hawaii International Conferences on The Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 11 - 15, 2003.

2003

Asian Philosophy and Practices in the Feminist Classroom: Overcoming Difference, Developing Connection, Women’s Studies: Asian Connections Conference, Pedagogy and Classroom Dynamics Session, University of British Columbia, Nov. 3 - 5, 2000.

2000

Meditation in the Classroom, Into the Millennium: The Changing Faces of Teaching and Learning, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Brock University, June 14-17, 2000.

2000

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation, 8th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers, Boston, Ma., Aug. 6 - 8, 1998.

1998

Mothers as Moral Teachers, Mothers and Daughters: Moving into the Next Millennium, York University, Sept. 26 - 28, 1997.

1997

The Crone as Lover and Teacher: A Philosopher Reads Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women:, Fredericton, B.B., Nov. 7 - 9, 1997.

1997

Creating Canadian Cyborgs: Philosophical Thoughts on Children and Electronic Education, The Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies Seminar Series, York University, March 2, 1995.

1995

Do Men and Women Solve Moral Problems Differently?, Science of Gender and Gender of Science , York University, March 8, 1995.

1995

Gender and Ethics, Teaching Ethics on Campus I”, York University, Oct. 27, 1995.

1995

The Resistant Male Student in the Feminist Classroom, Chilly Classroom Panel, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, York University, 1992.

1992

Creating a Text: Recent Research in the Relation of Gender and Logic, Directions in the Humanities: Dialogue & Debate,York University, April 18, 1990.

1990

Ethics, Gender and Human Nature: A Wittgensteinian View, The Learned Societies Conference, Canadian Philosophical Association, C-SWIP Session, Quebec City, May 29, 1989.

1989

Approach to Teaching


Undergraduate Teaching:

Courses Directed:

( i) Associate Professor:

AP/HUMA1951 9.0 Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology 2013-14, 2014 – 2015, 2016-2017; 2017-18; 2018 - 2019

AS/HUMA19509.0A Concepts of Male and Female in the West Fall/Winter 2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-2010, 2011 – 2012, 2012.

AS/HUMA19509.0 Concepts of Male and Female in the West Summer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

AS/HUMA4130.6 Embodied Understanding: Integrating Mind, Body and Soul Fall/Winter 2007-08; 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013 -14.

( ii) Assistant Professor:

AS/HUMA 4130.06 Embodied Understanding: Integrating Mind, Body and Soul, 2004-05
AS/HUMA 1950.6/ 19509.0 Concepts of Male and Female, 1997-8, 2000 – 2007
AS/HUMA 1810.06 Knowledge of Good and Evil, 1991-95
ATK/HUMA 1830.06 Concepts of Male and Female, 1999, 2000
AS/HUMA 1950.06 Concepts of Male and Female, 1991-97
AS/HUMA 2930.06 On Woman, 1990-91
ATK/HUMA 2619.06 Studies in Moral Themes and Values, 1992-98
ATK/HUMA 3610.06 Perspectives on Morality, 1990-91
AS/HUMA 3950.06 Gender and Morality, 1993-98, 2000 - 2008.

(iii) Outreach:

AS/HUMA 1810.06 Knowledge of Good and Evil, Barrie, 1985-86
AK/HUMA 1830.06 Concepts of Male and Female, Markham, 1986

( iv) ESL Courses:

AK/Eng 1400.06 Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking, 1987-91
AS/SocSci 1140.06 Self, Culture and Society, 1985-91

( v) Critical Skills Courses:

AK/Eng 1400 Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking, 1987-91 (also under ESL Courses)
AS/BC1660.06 The Concept of Success, 1983-86
AS/BC1760.06 Religion and Revolution, 1984-86

( vi) Other Courses Directed:

AK/HUMA 1720.06 The Roots of Western Culture: The Modern Period (Ca. 1500-1900), 1990-91
AK/SocSci 1920.06 Male-Female Relations, 1988-90
AK/SocSci 1760.06 People in Society, 1984-89
AK/HUMA 1760.06 Freedom and the Individual, 1983-89
AK/SocSci 1720.06 Social, Political and Economic Themes in Western Civilization, 1987

Curriculum/Course Development:

( i) New Course Design:

AP/HUMA1951 9.0 Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology 2013.
GS/HUMA 6154. 3 “Introduction to Mindfulness”, 2012.
AS/HUMA 4130 Embodied Understanding: Integrating Body, Mind, and Spirit, 2004.
AS/HUMA 3950.06 Gender and Morality, 1993.
ATK/HUMA 3610.06 Perspectives on Morality, 1990.
AS/BC 1760.06 Religion and Revolution, 1983.

( ii) Critical Skills Course Development:

AS/BC 1660.06 The Concept of Success, 1985.
AS/BC 1760.06 Religion and Revolution, 1985.

Graduate Teaching:

( i) Graduate Courses”

GS HUMA 6154.3 Introduction to Mindfulness, W/2015, W/2018, W/2019.

Training:

Iyengar Yoga Instructor Training, Yoga Centre Toronto 1996-1999
Ongoing Yoga Training
Ongoing Buddhist Meditation Training


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender TUTR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender TUTR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender TUTR


Professor Deborah Orr is an Associate Professor in the Division of Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Program and in the Graduate Program in Humanities, Religion, Values and Culture Field. Her research and teaching bring a philosophical perspective to issues in the areas of gender, ethics, embodiment, spirituality, and pedagogy. Deborah has been active in organizing a series of conferences on holistic teaching and learning. She also teaches Iyengar method yoga, meditation, and philosophy.

Professor Deborah Orr is appointed to the Division of Humanities and the Humanities Graduate Studies Faculty. Her discipline is philosophy. Her Master’s thesis is "Verstehen: A Critical Study of Dilthey’s Epistemology and Methodology", and her doctoral thesis is on "Concepts of Understanding in the Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Mature Period". She is currently working on a book about the uses of yoga, including mindfulness practices, in teaching and learning with the working title "Thinking Outside the Academic Box".

Deborah’s research and teaching bring a philosophical perspective to issues in the areas of gender, ethics, embodiment, spirituality, and pedagogy, especially the interface between these and mindfulness practice.

Her Current Teaching is: Huma1951 9.0 "Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology" and GS/Huma6154 3.0 "Introduction to Mindfulness" Understanding and Using Mindfulness in the Professions"

Deborah has been active in organizing a series of conferences on holistic teaching and learning. She has offered a range of sessions at the conferences, including the pre-conference session, “Mindfulness in Anti-Oppressive Teaching and Learning” at the Sixth Conference in 2007. The Ninth International Holistic Learning Conference will be held at Geneva Park, Orillia in October, 2013. Information on the upcoming conference will be posted as it becomes available on the website: http://www.astralsite.com/holistic.

Deborah sits on the editorial board of 'Other Education"

Deborah also teaches Iyengar method yoga, meditation, and philosophy in various non-academic venues in Toronto. Some Recent Publications: Chapters in Books: (2018 Forthcoming) . “Ethics, Mindfulness and Skillfulness”, Singh, Nirbhay, Ron Purser, Steven Stanley (Eds.). Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. New York: Springer. 2017. “Nature, Human Nature and Human-as-Nature: For Cecil”, Olen Gunnlaugsan, Ed Sarath, Heesoon Bai and Charles Scott (Eds.). Intersubjective Turn in Contemplative Education: Shared Approaches for Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines. New York: SUNY 2017. “Meditating with Wittgenstein: Constructing and Deconstructing the Language-games of Masculinity”, Peters, Michael A. and Jeff Stickney (Eds.) A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations. New York: Springer.

Degrees

1985. Ph.D., York University, Department of Philosophy
1979. M.A., York University, Department of Philosophy
1973. B.A. (Hons.)., York University, Department of Psychology

Professional Leadership

Development of Mindfulness and Contemplative Education website This website is designed to provide opportunities for connection and collaboration and is open to all students, researchers and academics interested in any aspect of contemplative education. Registration is free and full professional information, announcements and other information can be posted.

Community Contributions

Extra-University Community Service:

Iyengar Yoga School of Toronto, “The Ethics of Patajali’s Classical Yoga, 2008 – 2011.
Iyengar Yoga School of Toronto, “The Philosophy of Classical Yoga: Patajali’s Yoga Sutra, 2006-07
Iyengar Yoga School of Toronto, “The Philosophy of Classical Yoga: Patajali’s Yoga Sutra, January 2006 – June, 2006.
Yoga Instructor, Iyengar Yoga School of Toronto, October 2005 – present.
Yoga Instructor, Parks and Recreation Toronto, 1998 - present
Chair, Newsletter Committee, Yoga Centre Toronto, 1996-1999
Editor, The Yoga Flyer, 1996-1999
Yoga Teaching, various venues, 1997 - present

Research Interests

Philosophy , Ethics, Philosophy of Mindfulness, Application of Mindfulness to Anti-oppressive Pedagogy and Praxis

Current Research Projects

“ Mindfulness and Contemplative Education Website”

    Description:

    The Mindfulness and Contemplative Education Website, is an interactive site for teachers, academics, researchers and students who are utilizing,researching or interested in learning about mindfulness and other contemplative processes in teaching and learning. Registration and all uses are free. Members can post full information about themselves and their work, announce upcoming events, new publications, calls for papers, etc. and can also join a discussion forum or simply contact others who share their interests. We are rapidly populating and developing an international membership.

"Students' Voices for a Sustainable Future"

    Summary:

    This anthology will be comprised of the writings of graduate and recent graduate students on Contemplative education with a focus on mindfulness as it relates to developing a sustainable future. Note that the book title has been changed to more accurately reflect its focus.

    Description:

    See the book call on the Mindfulness and Contemplative Education website: http://www.contemplativeeducation.ca Students Learning for a Contemplative Future Society has developed a rapidly increasing interest in contemplative practices and spiritual experiences both outside of and within traditional educational establishments. Many students at all levels are now being taught a wide range of these practices in the classroom. Some are simply introduced, for instance, to mindfulness techniques for the purpose of developing the ability to enhance studying and to cope more effectively with the stresses of their lives and education. In other classrooms their introduction includes practices to develop the insights and creativity needed to develop new ways of personal being and to bring about change in their area of study or performance. In other courses, students engage in advanced and in-depth study of traditional texts and techniques, often with a focus specifically on applying them to their professional interests. Their experiences and learning in all of these classrooms will influence the work for which they are preparing and the world that work will impact. While it is not the purpose of contemplative practices and non-religious spirituality to impart an ideology, a moral code or a particular prescription for the future, they can and do provide the tools with which students and citizens can challenge and change the status quo. There is now a burgeoning resource of books, journals and conferences devoted to these practices and their educational uses. These, of course, are typically produced by academics and researchers. They address a multitude of issues in the areas of pedagogic theory and praxis, the analysis and contemporary utilization of these practices, their challenges to the prevailing concepts of the autonomous individual and her/his isolated ego, applications to specific disciplinary areas and much else. Many millennia of practice as well as contemporary research shows clearly that contemplative practices have the ability to challenge students’ relationship with their socio-cultural and ecological environment by fostering greater self-understanding and awareness of one’s interconnectedness with others and the world at large. Available academic resources in these and other areas are essential to the ongoing development of this innovative pedagogy and the changes in students it can foster. But what is often missing is the students’ perspective on their own learning experiences, personal development and visions of a new future for themselves, their broader community and the ecology. This volume is designed to address that lacuna. Of special interest will be students’ plans for the applications of what they are now learning they anticipate making as they develop their careers and thus impact their world. This anthology will provide an opportunity for students’ voices to be heard. In the course of their academic work they research, experiment with and develop new approaches to addressing a wide range of issues. In doing this they not only undergo personal change, they also often cross the boundaries of the silos in which academic work is typically confined. We welcome work which engages multiple intellectual sites, media, creative arts and other areas to produce enhanced modes of understanding and innovate approaches to the future. Much of the work by students is of exceptional quality. This volume will provide an opportunity for it to address the most promising recent developments in pedagogy and to reach a broader readership beyond their teachers and classmates. SUBMISSIONS Since this book will be adventurous in breaking traditional boundaries of academic discourse and critiquing established cultural and social practices, it will be of interest to a broad readership. Teachers and faculty at all levels, upper level undergraduates and graduate students will find works of interest here. We also aim to engage those outside of the academic environment who are utilizing contemplative practices in any manner in the particular areas in which they work. These would include, for instance, global warming, wealth and income disparities, preparing students for precarious work, social work, addressing poverty, psychotherapy, and a wide range of others. We are also pleased to accept different mediums of work. Apart from essays, we will be publishing anecdotes, case-studies and projects/experiments that revolve around the subject matter. Artistic expression of the above-mentioned subject-matter is also encouraged. Below we have provided a working Table of Contents. It will be focused once we received the work to be included in the volume; this is provisional and not meant to confine the contributor’s discourse. As indicated, it is well recognized that the silos created by academic disciplines can both hinder and distort the understanding of issues and hence greatly restrict the efficacy of attempts to address them. We encourage writers to transgress these boundaries as they seek deeper and more comprehensive understanding and more creative approaches

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

(2018 Forthcoming) . “Ethics, Mindfulness and Skillfulness”, Singh, Nirbhay, Ron Purser, Steven Stanley (Eds.). Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. New York: Springer.

2018

2017. “Meditating with Wittgenstein: Constructing and Deconstructing the Language-games of Masculinity”, Peters, Michael A. and Jeff Stickney (Eds.) A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations. New York: Springer.

2017

2017. “Nature, Human Nature and Human-as-Nature: For Cecil”, Olen Gunnlaugsan, Ed Sarath, Heesoon Bai and Charles Scott (Eds.). Intersubjective Turn in Contemplative Education: Shared Approaches for Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines. New York: SUNY

2017

A Philosophical Grounding for Contemplative Education. Contemplative Learning and Enquiry Across the Disciplines. Gunnlaugson, O., E.W. Sarath, C. Scott and H. Bai, Eds. New York: SUNY.2014.

2014

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Informal Logic, Gender and Pedagogy. Readings in Argumentation. Ed. Angela Aguayo and Tim Steffensmeier. State College, Pa.: Strata Publishing Inc. 2008.

2008

Introduction to Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. 3-14.

2007

The Mind/Body Paradigm Crisis and a New Paradigm for Feminism. Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. 15-40.

2007

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation. Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 59-80.

2006

Thinking Through the Body: An Introduction to Beliefs, Bodies and Being. Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. 1-10.

2006

Minding the Soul in Education: Conceptualizing and Teaching the Whole Person. Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Jack Miller, Selia Karsten, Diana Denton, Deborah Orr and Isabella Kates. New York: SUNY, 2005. 87-100.

2005

The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis, Hawaii International Conferences on The Arts and Humanities Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 12 - 15, 2003 (CD ROM, 2003) (1 page).

2003

Developing Wittgenstein’s Picture of the Soul: Toward a Feminist Spiritual Erotics. Feminist Interpretations of Wittgenstein Ed. Naomi Scheman and Peg O’Connor. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State Press, 2002. 322-343.

2002

Mothers as Moral Educators: Teaching Language and Nurturing Souls. Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment, and Transformation. Ed. O’Reilly, Andrea and Sharon Abbey, Lanham and Boulder. New York, Oxford: Rowan & Littlefield, 2000.

2000

(2018 Forthcoming) . “Ethics, Mindfulness and Skillfulness”, Singh, Nirbhay, Ron Purser, Steven Stanley (Eds.). Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. New York: Springer. 2017. “Nature, Human Nature and Human-as-Nature: For Cecil”, Olen Gunnlaugsan, Ed Sarath, Heesoon Bai and Charles Scott (Eds.). Intersubjective Turn in Contemplative Education: Shared Approaches for Contemplative Learning & Inquiry Across Disciplines. New York: SUNY 2017. “Meditating with Wittgenstein: Constructing and Deconstructing the Language-games of Masculinity”, Peters, Michael A. and Jeff Stickney (Eds.) A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations. New York: Springer.


Books

Publication
Year

Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, and Agency. Ed. Deborah Orr, Dianna Taylor and Linda Lopez McAlister. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.

2007

Beliefs, Bodies and Being: Feminist Reflections on Embodiment. Ed. Deborah Orr, Linda Lopez McAlister, Eileen Kahl and Kathleen Earl. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006.

2006

Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground. Ed. Jack Miller, Selia Karsten, Diana Denton, Deborah Orr and Isabella Kates. New York: SUNY, 2005.

2005

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

In A Mindful Moral Voice: Education, Mindful Compassion and Gilligan’s Care, Paideusis, 21/2, 42-54.2014.

2014

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Education, Other Education. 2012.

2012

'The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis.' Canadian Journal of Education 27.4 (2004): 477–498.

2004

'The Crone as Lover and Teacher: A Philosophical Reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.' Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 18.1 (2002): 25-50.

2002

Teaching Gender and Ethics, Teaching Ethics on Campus , ed. MacNiven, C. Donald and David P. Shugarman, York Univ. Centre for Practical Ethics, 1999, 25 - 29. (5 pp.)

1999

Toward a Critical Rethinking of Feminist Pedagogical Praxis and Resistant Male Students, Canadian Journal of Education, 18/3 (Summer,1993) 239 -254 (26 pp.).

1993

Did Wittgenstein Have a Theory of Hinge Propositions?, Philosophical Investigations, 12/2 (Ap. 1989), 134 - 153 (19 pp.).

1989

Just the Facts Ma’am, Informal Logic, Informal Logic 11/1 (Winter, 1989), 1 - 10 (10 pp.)

1989

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation, IAPH Website, http://www.iaph.org


Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Contemplating Contemplative Education”, Panel with Heesoon Bai, Claudia Eppert, Thomas Falkenberg, Dave Chang, Derek Rasmussen, Lee Beavington, Cristina Serverius, Avraham Cohen. ”, CSSE 2015, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont. May 31 – June 3, 2015.

2015

‘Mindfulness for Minding the Ecological Crisis”, CSSE University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont. May 31 – June 3, 2015.

2015

Mindfulness for Teaching and Learning, Teaching In Focus Conference: Educational Innovation & Transformation, York University, May 22, 2014.

2014

Growing Up Mindfully, Education for Sustainable Well-Being Conference, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 16, 2013.

2013

In a Mindful Moral Voice: Education, Mindful Compassion and Gilligan’s Care. Embodiment, Mindfulness: Contemplative Perspectives and Approaches to Education, May Symposium Keynote, Simon Fraser University, May 16.

2013

Mindful Yoga in Your Day. Ninth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 4 – 6.

2013

Mindfulness and the Ethical Classroom, Ninth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 4 – 6.

2013

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: A Guided Tour. Papers Please, HuGSA Conference York University, May 26 – 27.2013.

2013

Thinking Outside the Academic Box: Uses of Mindfulness in Education. Inkshed Conference Keynote , University of Toronto, May 29 – 30.

2012

Listening to Yourself/Listening to Your Students, Eighth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 21 – 23, 2011.

2011

Mindful Yoga Practice, Eighth International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 21 – 23, 2011.

2011

Toward and Ethic of Compassion: Metaphysics, Convention and Meditation. International Association of Women in Philosophy Conference (IAPh 2010), University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, June 25 – 28, 2010.

2010

Bringing Mindfulness into your Day, Seventh International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 23 – 25, 2009.

2009

Everyday Mindfullness (2 sessions), Seventh International Holistic Teaching Conference, Geneva Park, Ontario, October 23 – 25, 2009.

2009

Mindfulness in Anti-Oppressive Teaching and Learning, Sixth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 25 - 28, 2007.

2007

Mindfulness as a Tool for Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy, Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, The Learned Societies Conference, York University, May, 2006.

2006

Mindful Pedagogy, Fifth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 28-30, 2005.

2005

Centering and Settling: Mindful Yoga Survival Strategies for Stressed-out Teachers, Fourth International Holistic Teaching Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, October 24 - 26, 2003.

2003

The Uses of Mindfulness in Feminist Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies: Philosophy and Praxis, Hawaii International Conferences on The Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 11 - 15, 2003.

2003

Asian Philosophy and Practices in the Feminist Classroom: Overcoming Difference, Developing Connection, Women’s Studies: Asian Connections Conference, Pedagogy and Classroom Dynamics Session, University of British Columbia, Nov. 3 - 5, 2000.

2000

Meditation in the Classroom, Into the Millennium: The Changing Faces of Teaching and Learning, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Brock University, June 14-17, 2000.

2000

Diotima, Wittgenstein and a Language for Liberation, 8th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers, Boston, Ma., Aug. 6 - 8, 1998.

1998

Mothers as Moral Teachers, Mothers and Daughters: Moving into the Next Millennium, York University, Sept. 26 - 28, 1997.

1997

The Crone as Lover and Teacher: A Philosopher Reads Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women:, Fredericton, B.B., Nov. 7 - 9, 1997.

1997

Creating Canadian Cyborgs: Philosophical Thoughts on Children and Electronic Education, The Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies Seminar Series, York University, March 2, 1995.

1995

Do Men and Women Solve Moral Problems Differently?, Science of Gender and Gender of Science , York University, March 8, 1995.

1995

Gender and Ethics, Teaching Ethics on Campus I”, York University, Oct. 27, 1995.

1995

The Resistant Male Student in the Feminist Classroom, Chilly Classroom Panel, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, York University, 1992.

1992

Creating a Text: Recent Research in the Relation of Gender and Logic, Directions in the Humanities: Dialogue & Debate,York University, April 18, 1990.

1990

Ethics, Gender and Human Nature: A Wittgensteinian View, The Learned Societies Conference, Canadian Philosophical Association, C-SWIP Session, Quebec City, May 29, 1989.

1989

Approach to Teaching


Undergraduate Teaching:

Courses Directed:

( i) Associate Professor:

AP/HUMA1951 9.0 Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology 2013-14, 2014 – 2015, 2016-2017; 2017-18; 2018 - 2019

AS/HUMA19509.0A Concepts of Male and Female in the West Fall/Winter 2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-2010, 2011 – 2012, 2012.

AS/HUMA19509.0 Concepts of Male and Female in the West Summer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

AS/HUMA4130.6 Embodied Understanding: Integrating Mind, Body and Soul Fall/Winter 2007-08; 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013 -14.

( ii) Assistant Professor:

AS/HUMA 4130.06 Embodied Understanding: Integrating Mind, Body and Soul, 2004-05
AS/HUMA 1950.6/ 19509.0 Concepts of Male and Female, 1997-8, 2000 – 2007
AS/HUMA 1810.06 Knowledge of Good and Evil, 1991-95
ATK/HUMA 1830.06 Concepts of Male and Female, 1999, 2000
AS/HUMA 1950.06 Concepts of Male and Female, 1991-97
AS/HUMA 2930.06 On Woman, 1990-91
ATK/HUMA 2619.06 Studies in Moral Themes and Values, 1992-98
ATK/HUMA 3610.06 Perspectives on Morality, 1990-91
AS/HUMA 3950.06 Gender and Morality, 1993-98, 2000 - 2008.

(iii) Outreach:

AS/HUMA 1810.06 Knowledge of Good and Evil, Barrie, 1985-86
AK/HUMA 1830.06 Concepts of Male and Female, Markham, 1986

( iv) ESL Courses:

AK/Eng 1400.06 Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking, 1987-91
AS/SocSci 1140.06 Self, Culture and Society, 1985-91

( v) Critical Skills Courses:

AK/Eng 1400 Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking, 1987-91 (also under ESL Courses)
AS/BC1660.06 The Concept of Success, 1983-86
AS/BC1760.06 Religion and Revolution, 1984-86

( vi) Other Courses Directed:

AK/HUMA 1720.06 The Roots of Western Culture: The Modern Period (Ca. 1500-1900), 1990-91
AK/SocSci 1920.06 Male-Female Relations, 1988-90
AK/SocSci 1760.06 People in Society, 1984-89
AK/HUMA 1760.06 Freedom and the Individual, 1983-89
AK/SocSci 1720.06 Social, Political and Economic Themes in Western Civilization, 1987

Curriculum/Course Development:

( i) New Course Design:

AP/HUMA1951 9.0 Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Ideology 2013.
GS/HUMA 6154. 3 “Introduction to Mindfulness”, 2012.
AS/HUMA 4130 Embodied Understanding: Integrating Body, Mind, and Spirit, 2004.
AS/HUMA 3950.06 Gender and Morality, 1993.
ATK/HUMA 3610.06 Perspectives on Morality, 1990.
AS/BC 1760.06 Religion and Revolution, 1983.

( ii) Critical Skills Course Development:

AS/BC 1660.06 The Concept of Success, 1985.
AS/BC 1760.06 Religion and Revolution, 1985.

Graduate Teaching:

( i) Graduate Courses”

GS HUMA 6154.3 Introduction to Mindfulness, W/2015, W/2018, W/2019.

Training:

Iyengar Yoga Instructor Training, Yoga Centre Toronto 1996-1999
Ongoing Yoga Training
Ongoing Buddhist Meditation Training


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender TUTR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender TUTR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1951 9.0 A Introduction to Gender TUTR