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)
(Presented by Dan Hammond)

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