Student Seminars

The Eudaimonia Institute is pleased to offer two extracurricular student seminars in spring 2020.


Seminar Description

  • Each will meet for two hours weekly throughout the semester, on a single designated afternoon/evening in the Davis House (2599 Reynolda Road; free parking).
  • Students will be asked to prepare approximately 30-40 pages of readings per week.
  • Seminars will consist of open-ended discussion of the assigned texts.
  • The Institute will provide the required books for student participants, a meal at each weekly meeting, and, for students who successfully complete the entire seminar, a $1,000 honorarium upon completion.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Any student in good standing at Wake Forest University may apply.  * For credit courses should always take precedence. *
  • As this is not a credit-earning course, there are no required papers or exams.
  • Participating students commit to preparing the assigned readings, attending each weekly meeting, and engaging thoughtfully in discussion.

Seminar Topics

Spring 2020:

  1. The Philosophy and Social Science of Happiness” Description: A critical interdisciplinary exploration of the nature and determinants of happiness, including topics such as the history of happiness studies, the role of virtue in human flourishing, conceptual challenges for comprehending eudaimonic and hedonic well-being, complementary roles of happiness measures to traditional economic indicators like GDP, and policy implications.  Discussion leaders: Dr. Mona Ahmadiani and Dr. Fengyu Wu, research associates in the Eudaimonia Institute.  This seminar will meet on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm.  This seminar is full and registration is closed.
  2. Finding Happiness in an Angry World” Description: This seminar will survey poets, philosophers, and essayists who deal with the topos of anger, an emotion which the famous essayist Samuel Johnson called “the chief enemy of public happiness and private tranquility.” Discussion leader: Dr. Michael Sloan, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics. This seminar will meet on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 6pm.  This seminar is full and registration is closed.