Posts Tagged 'The Pursuit of Happiness'

Murray: ‘A life well lived has transcendent value’

Murray: ‘A life well lived has transcendent value’

When talking about “The Pursuit of Happiness,” it becomes impossible to ignore the differences in happiness from one group of Americans to the next.
In Tuesday and Wednesday’s morning lectures, Robert Putnam and Charles Murray both argued that these differences depend on what social class a person is born into. Their solutions, however, are radically different.

Happiness gap tied to class gap, Putnam argues

Happiness gap tied to class gap, Putnam argues

Robert Putnam may be one of the most renowned social scientists in the United States, but at one time he was a guinea pig in someone else’s social experiment. Mark Zuckerberg used one of Putnam’s classes at Harvard University to beta-test Facebook.

“A kid in my class was a roommate of his,” Putnam said. “If Facebook people had numbers, I’d be ‘006’ or something like that.”

Kennedy speaks to Week Five theme in special presentation

Kennedy speaks to Week Five theme in special presentation

Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will offer remarks on the Week Five theme, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” in a special lecture at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.

Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, Kennedy took his seat Feb. 18, 1988. In his 25 years on the bench, he has written the court’s majority opinion on many landmark cases, including United States v. Windsor in 2013, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, Kennedy v. Louisiana and Boumediene v. Bush in 2008 and Lawrence v. Texas in 2003.

Classicist Rawlings mines Jefferson’s background to illuminate Declaration

Classicist Rawlings mines Jefferson’s background to illuminate Declaration

At 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, Hunter R. Rawlings III will have the chance to interview America’s third president firsthand. But before that, in a solo lecture at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater, Rawlings will examine what led to Thomas Jefferson’s assertion, in the Declaration of Independence, of “the pursuit of happiness” as one of humankind’s “inalienable rights.”

Bill Barker, a professional Jefferson character-interpreter, will deliver a short Jefferson speech during Rawlings’ morning lecture and participate as an older Jefferson in the Hall of Philosophy conversation.

Week Five in 2013 dissects Jefferson’s ‘pursuit’

Week Five in 2013 dissects Jefferson’s ‘pursuit’

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Jefferson’s immortal words penned in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence have been repeated endlessly, and at present, their meaning has become numbed, if not warped. Life seems to be within our grasp, liberty more or less achieved. But, the pursuit of happiness is more elusive than ever.

Week Five’s theme for the 2013 season is “The Pursuit of Happiness” and will ask Chautauquans to revisit Jefferson’s intended meaning of the phrase, how we can define and measure happiness, and whether American optimism persists.

The week will focus on the theme of happiness from a variety of angles. It will kick off with the establishment of a historical context on the topic, then shift to current sociological trends, touch on the latest neurological studies, and wrap up by putting America’s gauge of happiness in a global perspective.