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FAU Event Introduces New Book by Community Partner Barbara Schmidt

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 3, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University will host an event to celebrate the launch of “The Practice,”  a new book by Barbara Schmidt, on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the Libby and Harry Dodson Auditorium in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. The event, which includes a lecture and book signing, is free and open to the public. Registration is required at fauf.fau.edu/ThePractice.

Schmidt, a businesswoman, philanthropist and spiritual teacher with more than 30 years of experience devoted to spiritual development and research, will present excerpts from her new book which offers simple tools for managing stress, finding inner peace and uncovering happiness.

“Barb offers readers life-changing spiritual guidance in an easy to follow format,” said New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein, “and what makes this book so magnificent is that she has infused her own stories and struggles to help readers connect and learn.”

Schmidt has studied with many notable teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Deepak Chopra, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, James Finley, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Caroline Myss and Marianne Williamson. Since 2001, Schmidt and the Schmidt Family Foundation have supported FAU’s Peace Studies Program, and in 2005, she helped launch a community outreach series that evolved into her nonprofit Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life. Schmidt remains an integral community partner with FAU’s Peace Studies Program. She will be introduced by FAU President John Kelly and Heather Coltman, dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. 

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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