"Science & the Good Life at Yale: An Interdisciplinary Discussion."
The YRT Team announces the next Faculty Roundtable at Yale to be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The topic will be presented by professors Laurie Santos and Miroslav Volf. They will provide context for the faculty participants to consider some of the ways that our conceptions of humanity affect our views of happiness and mental health, as well as how we strive for them and promote them with our students and colleagues.
Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Dr. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. Her new course, Psychology and the Good Life, teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. Her course recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, with almost one of our five students at Yale enrolled. Her course has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, GQ Magazine, Slate and O! Magazine. A winner of numerous awards both for her science and teaching, she was recently voted as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young minds, and was named in Time Magazine as a “Leading Campus Celebrity.”
Dr. Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, and Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture. Miroslav Volf was educated in his native Croatia, the United States, and Germany. He earned doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He has written or edited more than 20 books and over 90 scholarly articles. His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace(1996); After Our Likeness (1998) in which he explores the Trinitarian nature of ecclesial community; Allah: A Christian Response (2011), on whether Muslims and Christians have a common God; and A Public Faith: On How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good(2011).
The Faculty Roundtable is sponsored by the Rivendell Institute at Yale University.