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UMX Endowed Lecture Series: The Audrey R. Finkelstein UM Experience

The Audrey R. Finkelstein UM Experience, an annual event hosted by the University of Miami Alumni Association, is an interactive educational series featuring thought-provoking presentations and lectures from University faculty on topical events. The UM Experience (UMX), as it is known, has attracted more than 200 alumni to campus each year to relive the classroom experience via lectures by prominent faculty on timely topics. Part of a generous endowment created by the late Audrey R. Finkelstein, A.B. ’38—a devoted alumna and passionate proponent of lifelong learning—and her husband, Charles, UMX fosters the University’s commitment to provide ongoing learning for alumni by offering intellectually stimulating subjects across a variety of disciplines, and showcasing UM faculty and their vital research.

2020 Virtual Program

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  • Combatting “Pandemic Brain Fog”: Strengthening Attention and Resilience with Mindfulness Training

    This virtual lecture explores the cutting-edge science of mindfulness taking place at the University and highlights the benefits of mindfulness training. Faculty experts show us how practicing mindfulness can improve brain function, protect against stress, and enhance well-being and social connection, and lead us in mindfulness meditation exercises. The discussion also includes recent studies conducted with medical and business professionals, teachers, first responders, and military service members and their spouses.

    Speakers

    Dr. Amishi Jha
    Director of Contemplative Neuroscience, University of Miami Mindfulness Research and
    Practice Initiative, Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

    Scott Rogers
    Co-founder, Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, Founder and director, Mindfulness in Law Program, Lecturer in law, School of Law

    Moderated by: George “Trae” Williamson, Ph.D. ’20
    Adjunct faculty, Miami Herbert Business School

History of UMX

In 1978, alumna Audrey R. Finkelstein created AlumNites, an annual lecture series that showcased University of Miami faculty and alumni. A few years later, in 1984, the Alumni College Experience (ACE) was created to bring alumni back to campus to experience being in a University classroom again. As proponents of lifelong learning, Audrey and her husband, Charles, established an endowment to fund the program in perpetuity.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Audrey’s graduation year in 1988, the program was renamed the “Audrey R. Finkelstein Alumni College Experience,” which is now known as Audrey R. Finkelstein UM Experience.

About Audrey R. Finkelstein

Audrey’s involvement at the University of Miami spans more than seven decades touching almost every area of the institution, from school-based volunteer projects and athletic support to University-wide homecoming and reunion activities. In addition to her support for UMX, she also established the Audrey Finkelstein Library Endowment Fund for the acquisition of books by and about women, at the Otto G. Richter Library.

Audrey personified exceptional volunteerism and devoted alumni involvement. Known as a woman who always remained young at heart, she is widely regarded as one of the U’s top volunteer leaders, a legend for her dedication to nurturing the institution that she believes invested so much in her.

Join Audrey in supporting the University’s commitment to lifelong learning.

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