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November 3, 2022

Dr. Stein at TEDxUCO, holding nunchucks

Dr. Wayne Stein, Professor of English, delivered a talk titled “Resilience Against Cancer: Thriving Amidst Adversity” on April 14, 2021 as part of the TEDxUCO series. Stein discussed the ways in which he has used the path of the mindful warrior and the weapon of positivity to overcome painful adversities while battling cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. He learned how to be aware of pain and to practice mindfulness through his lifelong practice of martial arts; a tense fighter cannot fight well, but the mindful practices of Bruce Lee helped Stein, who is now cancer-free, to win his battle with lymphoma and to overcome the tremendous pain that it inflicts. Stein now works to teach others about mindfulness as a way to overcome adversity.

See the full talk below.