The Eudaimonia Institute approved a grant to Michael Sloan (Classical Languages) for a book project entitled “An Angry World: The Modern Cyclops Syndrome” and to attend the Classics/Interdisciplinary conference in April 2020 in Salzburg: “Being Alone in Antiquity: Ancient Ideas and Experiences of Misanthropy, Isolation, and Solitude.” The goal of this work is to encourage a broad audience to think more seriously and better about the problems of and potential solutions for anger. By marrying ancient stories with modern research disciplines, this book allows an entirely new perspective on a timeless problem.
The Eudaimonia Institute approved a grant to Andrew Logan (student) for travel to Bhutan where he will research the Bhutanese approach to measuring and using the Gross National Happiness. Andrew will begin this project by attending the 2019 International Conference on Gross National Happiness & Urban Development held in Thimphu, Bhutan and will prepare a research paper to be presented at the URECA Research Fair.
The Eudaimonia Institute approved a grant to John Friedenberg (Theatre & Dance) and Maria-Teresa Sanhueza (Spanish & Italian) for a First Year Seminar course that seeks to explore how different minority cultures are viewed within this “dominant minority” culture to be taught in Spring 2019. The funding will be used in two ways 1) To help pay the expenses of bringing playwright Christopher Demos-Brown to campus to give a talk to the university community about “The Theatre Artist’s Role” and to attend the first-year seminar and talk to the students. 2) To help with the expenses of the performance students have to create and stage as the final project for the class.
The Eudaimonia Institute approved a grant to Ana Iltis (Philosophy) to fund a lunch workshop with J. Clinton Parker from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, who is working broadly on questions of bioethics and what makes a life worth living. There is currently a great deal of attention being paid to “anti-aging” and immortality” as part of the transhumanism movement, around which, he is exploring questions around the expansion of human life span. The workshop will also help support publication in a special issue in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.
The Eudaimonia Institute approved a grant to Randall Rogan and Ananda Mitra (Communications) for a second study in follow up to that conducted by Rogan in 2017 and which is currently in the process for publication. The planned study is intended to investigate the planned Palestinian city of Rawabi being built in the Palestinian West Bank Territory in an effort to generate scholarly research about the city as a change agent in the regions, and also to assist the city leadership team in its efforts to help address community needs.
The Eudaimonia Institute approved a grant to Christina Dalton (Economics) to coordinate a jointly sponsored conference promoting active discussion and exchange of current research at the intersection of microeconomics with health economics and policy, with a focus on researchers in academic communities of the North Carolina region. The goal is to have a mix of interdisciplinary researchers; those that focus on health care, health policy, industrial organization, labor economics, and microeconomic theory. The meeting and collaboration event will enable established researchers to interact and mentor more junior faculty in the area.
The Eudaimonia Institute approved a grant to Sam Gladding (Counseling) to complete a film on humor and positive mental health. The film explains the use of humor as a coping mechanism and shows how self-effacing humor in the form of anecdotal stories can be effective in promoting mental health. Once completed, the film will be used to measure its effectiveness with undergraduate students in the health and human services minor and graduate students in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. A coordinated effort with the Mental Health Center of Forsyth County to assess the impact of the film on the public will also be undertaken. Furthermore, Alexander Street Press, a major distributor of therapy videos, will distribute the film nationally. Feedback from Alexander Street Press will be used to evaluate this project although in a more informal way than with students or the public.
The Eudaimonia Institute approved a grant to Silvia Tiboni-Craft (Italian) to create a virtual reality map of Marco Polo’s Journey along the Silk Road which was comprised of intercultural exchanges, seeking what was good and to live well. The project includes travel to Venice to make 3D videos on various aspects of the city so that students will be able to use them in class, adding to them crucial information by means of the target language. Since the Middle Ages, the Silk Road was an important part of business life and the business men of that time. Traveling along that route brought back prosperity and glory to the city of Venice; a prosperity that not only carried with it economical growth but also new cultural experiences, such as different habits, arts, fabrics and food – all of these elements are crucial for development of a healthy and fair society. Starting from the Middle Ages, students will be able to understand the fundamental role of intercultural exchange in human flourishing and how contemporaneous this concept still is in multicultural societies such as America and Italy.