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October 19–21, 2017:

Register today for Rethinking Community, a three-day conference hosted by the Eudaimonia Institute and the Pro Humanitate Institute of Wake Forest University. It is our response to a call by Provost Rogan Kersh, to convene our counterparts across higher education to grapple with the effects of living in a society more virtual, diverse, polarized, and global than ever.

Come join world-renowned scholars, journalists, elected officials, and public intellectuals from across the ideological spectrum for courageous, robust engagement with the animating questions of our academic and political world. We are excited to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders willing to meet each other with the mutual respect and dignity necessary for our communities to flourish. We hope the weekend’s events offer the first of many opportunities—at universities and beyond—for us all to foster open discourse and reflection upon what we expect of our communities, cultures, and selves.

April 20–22, 2017:

Eudaimonia Conference

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The Eudaimonia conference, Eudaimonia: What Is It and How Can It Be Assessed? brought together distinguished scholars in philosophy, economics, psychology, public health, and business. Attendees hailed from Wake Forest, Stanford, Brookings, University of Wisconsin, University of Arizona, Duke, Indiana University, University of Southern California, and others. They discussed Aristotle’s word for well-being, happiness, or human flourishing with spirited debates about virtue, purpose, productivity, subjectivity, and measurement. The event was sponsored by the Eudaimonia Institute, and co-sponsored by the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, the Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society, Thrive, and the School of Business. The opening dinner and keynote address by Dr. Deirdre McCloskey in Farrell Hall drew about 200 faculty, staff, students, community members, and the media.

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Wake Forest students enjoy a beautiful late summer morning as they walk across campus to class on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

What constitutes a life well lived? Wake Forest University professors are addressing this age-old question with the support of nearly $4.2 million in new research funding to study eudaimonia (yoo-dye-mo-NEE-uh)—Aristotle’s term for “flourishing.”

The mission of Wake Forest’s Eudaimonia Institute is to study the nature of human flourishing—as well as the institutions, attitudes and cultural practices that encourage it. An interdisciplinary intellectual community of scholars will explore the concept beyond the typical scope of how happiness is understood or used in everyday conversation.

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