Eudaimonia Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 20

5:30–6:45 pm

    Opening Dinner in Farrell Hall
    (Bern Beatty Colloquium)

7:00–8:30 pm

    Remarks by S. Bruce King, Associate Provost for Research
    (Broyhill Auditorium)

    Keynote Address

    Eudaimonia is Not Measurable Pleasure,
    But the Fruit of a Liberal Life

    Deirdre McCloskey (Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago)

(All of the following activities will take place at the Reynolda House Museum)

Friday, April 21

8:00–8:30 am

    Light Morning Refreshments

8:30–8:40 am

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:40–10:10 am


    Eudaimonia Naturalized
    Richard Richards (University of Alabama)

    Just Action and Eudaimonia in Plato’s “Republic”
    Chris Bobonich (Stanford University)

    Normative Interests and Eudaimonia 
    Mark LeBar (Florida State University)

    Moderator: Ana Iltis (Wake Forest University)

10:10–10:30 am

    Refreshments Break

10:30–12:00 pm


    A Conceptual Framework for Measuring the Impacts of Secondary Schooling on Eudaimonia 
    Michael Strong (KoSchool)

    Seeking Eudaimonia in Communications: A Proposal for a New Approach and Vocabulary
    Jacqueline Isaacs (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities )

    Measuring the Invisible: A Guide for Creating Self-Report Measures of Eudaimonia
    Nicole Brocato (Wake Forest University)

    Moderator: Malika Roman-Isler (Wake Forest University)

12:00–2:00 pm

    Lunch at Reynolda House
    Remarks by Charles Iacovou (Dean, WFU School of Business)

    Eudaimonia as a Leadership Model
    Matthew Gonnering (CEO, Widen)

2:00–3:30 pm


    Reversing the Gender Gap in Happiness: Validating the Use of Life Satisfaction Self-Reports Worldwide
    Mallory Montgomery (University of Southern California)

    Desperation and Unfulfilling Lives in America: The High Costs of Being Poor in the Land of the Dream
    Carol Graham (Brookings Institution)

    What We Don’t Know About Happiness 
    Dan Russell (University of Arizona)

    Moderator: Dan Hammond (Wake Forest University)

3:30–4:00 pm

    Refreshments Break

4:00–5:30 pm


    Finding Love in the Ruins: Re-mystifying Human Flourishing in an Empirical Age 
    Andrew Christenberry (Indiana University)

    Is Hannibal Happy?: Measuring Well-Being and Valuing Virtue
    Megan Fritts (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

    Natural Goodness is Good for You: Well-Being and the Rational Authority of Human Nature
    Matthew Shea (Saint Louis University)

    Moderator: Michael Sloan (Wake Forest University)

6:00–8:30 pm

    Reception and Dinner at Graylyn Estates with remarks by Rogan Kersh, WFU Provost

8:30–9:30 pm

    Special screening of Eudaimonia—a short documentary about creativity, work, and society—followed by an open discussion with filmmaker Tom Green (Wake Forest University) led by Richard Richards (University of Alabama).

Saturday, April 22

8:30–9:00 am

    Light Morning Refreshments

    Opening remarks by Nathan O. Hatch, WFU President

9:00–10:30 am


    Eudaimonia and International Politics
    C. William Walldorf, Jr. (Wake Forest University)

    Happier People Are Less Likely to Be Unemployed: Evidence from Longitudinal Data in Germany 
    Kelsey O’Connor (University of Southern California)

    The Role of Political Institutions in Human Flourishing
    Tristan Rogers (University of Arizona)

    Moderator: Robert Whaples (Wake Forest University)

10:30–11:00 am

    Refreshments Break

11:00 am–noon

    Discussion, Debriefing, and Conclusion
    Led by Adam Hyde (Wake Forest University)

12:00–1:00 pm

    Box Lunches Provided

1:00 pm