Thursday, March 21

All of the following events will take place in the Mews Conference Room of Graylyn unless otherwise noted.

5:30–6:45 pm

Opening Dinner

7:00–8:30 pm

Keynote Address

Science and the (Common) Good
James Davison Hunter (University of Virginia)


Friday, March 22

8:00–8:30 am

Light Morning Refreshments

8:30–8:40 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:40–10:10 am

The Culture of Modernity and Eudaimonia
Thomas Cushman (Wellesley College)

René Girard, Mimetic Desire, and Christianity
William Cain (Wellesley College)

Surviving or Thriving: A Life Experiment in Abstinence and Indulgence
John Rodden (Independent Scholar)

10:10–10:30 am

Refreshments Break

10:30–12:00 pm

Why Anthropology Matters Most
Dan Hammond (Wake Forest University)

Why Culture Matters Most
David C. Rose (University of Missouri—St. Louis)

Life Satisfaction of Indigenous Populations in Northern Alaska
Fengyu Wu (Wake Forest University)

12:00–2:00 pm


Science as a Religion and Hybridized with Other Religions: Its Impact on Human Flourishing
Jed Macosko (Wake Forest University)

2:00–3:30 pm

The Effect of Immigration on Natives’ Well-Being in Europe
Kelsey O’Connor (STATEC)

Trends in Religiousness and Positive Mental Health in the United Kingdom
Christopher Jacobi (University of Oxford)

Culture and the Geography of Unobserved Heterogeneity in Subjective Well-Being
Mona Ahmadiani (Wake Forest University)

3:30–4:00 pm

Refreshments Break

4:00–5:30 pm

Eudaimonia Before Aristotle
Mary Lefkowitz (Wellesley College)

5:30–8:30 pm

Reception and Dinner at Graylyn Manor House


Saturday, March 23

8:30–8:45 am

Light Morning Refreshments

8:45–10:45 am

God, Man, and Human Happiness: Two Approaches
Robert Whaples (Wake Forest University)

Toward a Eudaimonic Sociology
Philip Gorski (Yale University)

Varieties of Virtue in Economics
Andy Yuengert (Catholic University)

10:45–11:00 am

Refreshments Break

11:00 am–noon

Conference Debrief & Discussion

12:00–1:00 pm

Box Lunches Provided

1:00 pm