Howard Nusbaum and Candace Vogler to Host Public Conversation "Being Wise and Being Good" at the University of Chicago; Live-streamed June 6, 2016

CHICAGO, IL - Psychologist Howard Nusbaum and Philosopher Candace Vogler will host a public conversation at the University of Chicago on June 6, 2016, as part of a research project which brings together scholars from around the world to study the factors which lead to deep happiness and meaning in life. Nusbaum and Vogler will discuss various forms of self-transcendence which provide contexts in which the exercise of virtue in daily life can operate as a source of a sense of purpose or meaning and a source of happiness. After a conversation with each other, Nusbaum and Vogler will continue the discussion with the audience.

Their 7 p.m. event will also be livestreamed at

Nusbaum and Vogler are participants in the project "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life". Says Vogler, who is Princiapal Investigator for the project, "Wisdom, and the cultivation of virtues have been taken to be crucial to human flourishing. But on many understandings of virtue, and in sayings like "Only the good die young," it looks as though the cultivation and exercise of virtue may have very little to do with flourishing.  And some understandings of wisdom think of wisdom as essentially isolating and isolated.

"One could think about the sage on the mountain top as truly flourishing by learning to want very little from life while getting as far away as possible from the rest of us.  But we suspect that the good people who are suffering from the isolation that can come of self-immersed aspiration for self-actualization need a renewed sense of direction—a different way of understanding their lives in the context of participating in essentially social service of a good that goes beyond their own welfare and the welfare of their loved ones, and that wise choices belong in the midst of the whirl and rush of daily life (even if the hermit lives wisely as well)."

Howard C. Nusbaum is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Psychology and its College, and a steering committee member of the Neuroscience Institute.

Candace Vogler is the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago, and Director and Co-PI of the project “Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life.”

Made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the lecture will take place Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7 p.m., at the University of Chicago Divinity School in the Swift Hall 3rd Floor Lecture Room, and will be followed by  a reception. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested, though not required. For more information and to register, visit