The Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University seeks to further its mission by hosting a number of events throughout the calendar year. In addition to its summer seminar series on topics central to human flourishing, the program hosts an annual conference that brings leading scholars together from the social science and humanities, and finally, the program sponsors lectures and speakers to benefit the Harvard academic community.
Conferences and Symposia
Scholars in the humanities and social sciences typically attend conferences within their own sub-specialties and disciplines. The Human Flourishing Program seeks to bridge this divide by offering annual conferences and symposia that intentionally bring together scholars from various disciplines to present papers and converse on topics central to human flourishing. For example, in 2017 the Program hosted a conference on the topic of human suffering, where both empirical and philsophical / theological papers were presented by scholars in a variety of disciplines. Participants had the opportunity to converse with one another and be informed by the latest empirical and philosophical and theological insights concerning human suffering. The program also intends to publish these conference papers in an edited volume.
Lectures and Speaker Series
The program seeks to positively impact Harvard and the surrounding community by hosting public lectures that are given by scholars at the program as well as invited guests.