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.
From April 8th-10th, 2021 the Human Flourishing Program co-hosted, in collaboration with Harvard Divinity School and the Catholic Project of the Catholic University of America, and more than 50 other international partners, a Symposium on Faith and Flourishing in the Face of Childhood Sexual Abuse. This program brought together health care and public health providers, religious and spiritual leaders, and lay leaders of diverse faith traditions to explore best practices for providing a holistic approach that integrates psychological and spiritual care into the prevention and healing of childhood sexual abuse.
Likewise, in April 2018, the Human Flourishing Program hosted an interdisciplinary conference on the measurement of well-being, whose proceedings have been gathered into an edited volume, Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities (eds. Matthew Lee, Laura Kubzansky, and Tyler VanderWeele), which will be published in March 2021 by Oxford University Press.
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.