October 13-14, 2017 | Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life Capstone Conference

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Capstone Conference

University of Chicago | October 13-14, 2017

Join us for our "capstone" conference, which will feature talks, panels, and discussions with the philosophers, religious thinkers, and psychologists who have been working together to investigate whether self-transcendence helps to make ordinary cultivation and exercise of virtue a source of deep happiness and meaning in human life.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Registration

Registration is closed for our daytime events and keynotes. 

Keynotes

Jonathan Lear, "Gettysburg"  | October 13, 7 pm | For more information about Jonathan Lear's talk and to stream it, click here. 

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, "A Consistent Ethic of Solidarity:  Transcending Self, Transforming the World” | October 14, 6 pm | For more information about  Cardinal Cupich's talk, and to stream it click here. 

For those unable to attend, each keynote will be livestreamed here and the respective links above, and Cardinal Cupich's talk will be recorded and posted (about 3 weeks after the event).

Schedule

Friday, October 13 - Ida Noyes Hall, 3rd Floor Theater

1212 E. 59th Street, Chicago IL

8:30 am Coffee & pastries

9:15 am Welcome by Principal Investigators Jennifer Frey and Candace Vogler

9:30-10:30 am Kristján Kristjánsson, Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics; Deputy Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham

10:45-11:45 am Dan P. McAdams, Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology and Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

12-1:30 pm Lunch  

1:45 - 2:45 pm Panel: Transcending Boundaries I

Talbot Brewer, Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

Michael Gorman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

Jean Porter, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

3:00 -4:00 pm Tahera Qutbuddin, Professor of Arabic Literature, University of Chicago

4:15 - 5:15 pm Panel: Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life Visiting Scholars

Fr. Stephen Brock, Professor of Medieval Philosophy, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome

Anselm Mueller, University of Trier

7pm - Keynote: Jonathan Lear, Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall | Registration required

 

Saturday, October 14 - Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club 

1212 E. 59th Street

8:15 am Coffee & pastries 

9:00-10:00 am Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University

10:15-11:15 am Angela Knobel, Associate Professor of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America

11:30 am-12:30 pm Candace VoglerDavid B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago and Principal Investigator for the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life

12:30-1:45 Lunch 

2:00-3:00 pm Panel  Transcending Boundaries II

Erik Angner, Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy, Stockholm University - CANCELLED

Heather C. Lench, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Head, Texas A&M University

Marc G. Berman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director, Environmental Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Chicago

Robert C. Roberts, Professor of Ethics and Emotion Theory at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, and joint Chair with the Royal Institute of Philosophy

3:15-4:15 pm Nancy Snow, Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, University of Oklahoma

6:00 pm - Keynote, Cardinal Blaise Cupich, Law School Auditorium | Registration required

Sponsor

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Co-Sponsors

Thank you to our conference co-sponsors: The Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom, the Committee on Social Thought, the Lumen Christi Institute, the Martin Marty Center, the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, the University of Chicago Department of Philosophy, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and the University of Chicago Division of Humanities.

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