Aloha to Dr. Jennifer Mulnix
Now that all the commencement ceremonies are over, Professor Jennifer Mulnix will be trading hello for aloha. She will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to attend an NEH Summer Institute titled Buddhist Asia: Traditions, Transmissions and Transformations. The five week institute brings twenty-five college and university educators together as they engage in Buddhist teachings, practices, and texts. "We are participants, and we each bring our own expertise of Buddhism," Mulnix said. "The aim is for us to take what we learn and contribute to our campuses."
For Mulnix, an Associate Philosophy professor, the Summer Institute aligns nicely with her interests and research. "I gravitate toward Buddhist philosophy," she said. "Buddhist perspectives of happiness make sense with my own experiences." Mulnix's experiences as a philosophy expert will provide depth for the institute as well. She will bring her philosophical lens to the study of Buddhist Asia.
But Mulnix is more concerned with what she can bring back to the UMass Dartmouth campus, especially to her students. She is passionate about Buddhism, and she loves teaching the course. But she wants to do it better. "I love teaching the Buddhism course because it reminds me to practice what I teach," Mulnix said. "But I know I can do it so much better and the Summer Institute will help me do that."