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Gyeongmin KimThe Eudaimonia Institute is pleased to welcome Gyeongmin Kim as a short-term visitor in January 2020. She is a PhD student at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, majoring in Western Political Thought. The working title of her dissertation is “The Religious Foundation of Adam Smith’s Political Thought.” She aims to trace the influence of reformed theology on Adam Smith’s thought, which consists of the basis of modern liberalist political ideas.

She writes: “I chose the Eudaimonia Institute for my research trip for the following reasons. First, I believed a meeting with Professor James Otteson of the Institute is necessary for further development of my doctorate dissertation. His ample research achievements on Adam Smith’s thought so far have considerably influenced building the relevant knowledge and shaping the subject of my thesis. Second, I was also interested in the work of the institute, working to derive practical implications that are relevant to modern society from Aristotle’s concept of Eudaimonia. This is a novel attempt to bridge the gap between philosophy and social science that has been torn since the twentieth century.”



Eudaimonia Scholar Spotlight: Cameron Ryan

Cameron Ryan

Cameron Ryan is currently a junior at Wake Forest University from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania majoring in Economics and minoring in Chemistry and Bioethics . He is an aspiring author and on the Pre-Med track. This summer he worked as a mathematics tutor for students in middle school and high school, and continued to work on his first novel.

“Attending the Steven Pinker “Enlightenment Now,” and Moral Criticisms of Capitalism seminars at the Eudaimonia Institute have helped deepen my understanding of how politics and economics affect human progress. I have thoroughly enjoyed challenging my own views and exchanging ideas with other like-minded students.”

– Cameron Ryan

Kwame Appiah

Noesis Lecture Series
Kwame Anthony Appiah
Wait Chapel
Thursday, October 17th, 2019
5:00 pm



The North Carolina Health Economics Colloquium

Thursday, November 14 – Friday, November 15, 2019

Detailed Agenda




Noesis Lecture with Steven Pinker, Tuesday, April 23, 2019




Visionary founder of Rawabi City, Bashar Masri met with students to discuss entrepreneurship and his positive economic and social impact on Palestinians. November 2018

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Academic Conference:

“Culture, Religion, and Eudaimonia”
March 21-23, 2019

Conference Registration

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NC Health Economics Colloquium, November 8-9, 2018

The Eudaimonia Institute sponsored the NC Health Economics Colloquium which brought together scholars promoting active discussion and exchange of current research in the area of health economics and policy.

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Save the Date! 

Homecoming Open House
Fri., Nov. 2, 3:00-4:30 pm
Come join us to see our new home and enjoy
a wine and beer tasting!
The Davis House, 2599 Reynolda Road


We’ve moved! Please note our new address.

The Davis House on Reynolda Road

Built in 1925 by Egbert L. Davis, the house is located at 2599 Reynolda Road on six acres at Polo and Reynolda roads and originally named Sunnynoll Farm. The Davis Family’s affinity with Wake Forest University spans from Mr. Davis’s undergraduate years ending in 1904 at what was then Wake Forest College, located in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Mr. Davis was instrumental in the 1956 move of Wake Forest College from Wake Forest, NC to Winston-Salem, NC. He was the first chairman of the North Carolina Baptist Hospital Trustees and was chairman of the Wake Forest Trustees. Sunnynoll continued as a working farm well into the 1960’s. Following Mr. Davis’s death in 1974, the family restored the exterior of the house, and in 1988 they donated the property to Wake Forest University. The University restored the interior of the residence. Today, the historic Sunnynoll residence features a spacious entrance hall with the original hand-painted wallpaper mural, a conference room, offices for the Eudaimonia Institute faculty and staff, and a library for faculty, staff, and students.

Public Talk by Dr. Jeremy Jackson “Friend or Foe: Economic Liberalism and Its Social Consequences” March 15, 2018, Kirby Hall

Jeremy Jackson public talk flyer "Friend or Foe"

Public Talk by Dr. Dan Russell “Aristotle’s Silver Mean” March 13, 2018, Tribble Hall

Dan Russell public talk flyer "Aristotle's Silver Mean"

Lecture “Eudaimonia: Past, Present and Future” March 5, 2018, Rawabi City

Rawabi Palestine flyer for "Eudaimonia, Past, Present and Future"

Executive Director, James R. Otteson interviewing Muhammad Yunus about meaning, purpose, identity and empowerment through microcredit.


December 6, 2017:

4:00pm Wait Chapel

Muhammad Yunus

Join us for the inaugural Noesis Lecture delivered by Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Yunus will discuss his life’s work and his vision for a world of zero poverty.

Professor Yunus is the father of microcredit, the father of social business, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus as “one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”

A Fulbright Scholar at Vanderbilt University, Professor Yunus received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1969.

Professor Yunus returned to Bangladesh in 1972 and joined the Department of Economics, University of Chittagong, as its chairman. In 1976, Professor Yunus started to experiment with providing collateral free loans to the poor. The project was called Grameen Bank Project and later, in 1983, became a full-fledged bank for providing loans to the poor, mostly women, in rural Bangladesh. Today Grameen Bank has over 8.4 million borrowers, 97% of whom are women and disburses over one and a half billion US dollars each year.

In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

October 19–21, 2017:

Rethinking Community LogoRegister 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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March 28, 2017:

Thomas HarrisonThe Art of Incomplete

Dr. Harrison’s presentation will deal with the four ways in which art makes use of, or addresses, the incompletion of its representations.

The first—illustrated by an ostensibly complete work like Michelangelo’s David—incorporates “off-screen space” within its subject matter (in this case the giant Goliath, not represented by Michelangelo’s statue).

busted art statueThe second thematizes incompletion, as Michelangelo himself does in the literally unfinished sculptures of his Slaves or Captives for the Medici tombs.  Auguste Rodin takes this procedure to a more elaborated level.

The third art of incompletion does not merely thematize the artwork’s failure to achieve completion, but figures it in a number of complex ways, exploring the problem of absent wholes, of linguistic failures and aporias, and is appropriately exemplified by the figurative arts of the early twentieth century and theorized by a series of 20th-century philosophers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, T. W. Adorno, Heidegger, and deconstructionists generally.

The fourth art of incompletion reflects on this incompletion centrally within its work, in a self-conscious and occasionally postmodernist articulation of explicitly impossible-to-finish works, or works that no longer aspire to completion, but rather interest themselves with the provenance and destination of art (its uncontrollable reception).

Exemplifications of these four “moments” of aesthetic completion range from the sculptural arts of Donatello and Verrocchio to the writings of the novelists Robert Musil and C.E. Gadda (alongside the poets Ungaretti and Montale), to the photographs of Luigi Ghirri and the films of Michelangelo Antonioni and Ferzan Ozpetek.  The fourth stage of incompletion is exemplified (in PowerPoint, as throughout) by the recent fiction of Anna Maria Ortese. The ideal audience for this lecture would include students and instructors of art history, aesthetics, Italian culture and literature, philosophy, comparative and literary theory.