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2017-18 Happiness

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Every year the UMM Philosophy Discipline hosts the Midwest Philosophy Colloquium, where distinguished speakers come to campus and give talks on topics of general interest.

Previous colloquium speakers have included Donald Davidson, Saul Kripke, Fred Dretske, J.L. Mackie, Gilbert Harman, David Gauthier, Keith Donnellan, Kurt Baier, Alvin Goldman, David Kaplan, Paul Benacerraf, Keith Lehrer, Jonathan Bennett, John Searle, Robert Solomon, Phillipa Foot, Eleanor Stump, Fred Feldman, Nancy Cartwright, Gary Watson, Michael Bratman, Stephen Stich, and many others.



Owen Flanagan (Duke University)
Dan Haybron (St. Louis University)
Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Michael Bishop (Florida State University)


1. Kick-off Event. "Asking the Big Questions: Happiness"

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Briggs Library, McGinnis Room, 7:30 P.M.
Discussion Panelists: Bridgett Karels (Wellness Center), Kerry Michael (Psychology), Stephen Burks (Economics) and Steve McFarlane (Philosophy)

2. Campus-Wide Discussion with Owen Flanagan: “Cross-Cultural Philosophy: On Being ‘Imprisoned by One’s Upbringing'”

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Louie’s Lower Level, Noon.

3. Public Lecture. Owen Flanagan (Duke University): “Anger: The Most Destructive Emotion”

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Imholte 109, 7 P.M.

4. Public Lecture: Dan Haybron (St. Louis University): “"Happiness and the Capabilities Approach”

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Imholte 109, 7 P.M.

5. Campus-Wide Campus Discussion with Dan Haybron and Valerie Tiberius: “Well-Being Policy”

Friday, April 6, 2018
Imholte 114, 11 AM

6. Public Lecture: Valerie Tiberius (UMTC): “Fulfillment and Failure”

Friday, April 6, 2018
Imholte 109, 3 P.M.

7. Campus-Wide Discussion with Michael Bishop: “Ethics: The Normative Challenge”

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Imholte 211, 6 P.M.

8. Campus-Wide Discussion with Michael Bishop: “Good Reasoning”

Thursday, April 12, 12018 
Louie’s Lower Level, 2 P.M.

9. Public Lecture: Michael Bishop (Florida State University): “How to Think About Happy Lives”

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Imholte 109, 7 P.M.

10. Closing Event. Discussion Panel on Well-Being. “How to Think About Happy Lives: From Theory to Practice”

Friday, April 13, 2018.
Student Center, Moccasin Flower Room, Noon
Discussion Panelists: Michael Bishop, Angie Berlinger (Well-Being), Jeanne Williamson (Counseling), Bridgett Karels (Wellness), Mary Jo Forbord (Healthy Eating).

These public lectures are free and open to the public and are supported by the UMN Morris Dean's Office, the UMN Morris Philosophy Discipline, and the UMTC Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.