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  • A New Science of Happiness: The Paradox of Pleasure

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by The Nour Foundation, The New York Academy of Sciences, and Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally-syndicated program To the Best of Our Knowledge

      • Registration Closed

    Video of the full event is available on the Nour Foundation's YouTube channel.

    The pursuit of happiness is enshrined in the founding document of our nation as a fundamental and inalienable right. Yet nowhere is the method of this pursuit clearly defined. What, exactly, does it mean to be happy, and how can such happiness be sustained over the long-term? Can happiness be accurately gauged or measured? How does the paradoxical relationship between happiness and pleasure shape our quest to lead the good life? And what does modern science have to tell us about this universal yet elusive pursuit? Attorney and author Kim Azzarelli, historian Darrin McMahon, and social psychologist Barry Schwartz join forces to share their research and insight on happiness, pleasure, and the coveted good life.

    *Reception to follow.


    Kim Azzarelli, JD

    Adjunct Professor at Cornell Law School and Founding Partner of Seneca Point Global
    Author of "Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose"

    Darrin McMahon, PhD

    Professor of History at Dartmouth College
    Author of "Happiness: A History"

    Barry Schwartz, PhD

    Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College
    Author of "The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less"


    Steve Paulson

    Executive Producer, Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally-syndicated program To the Best of Our Knowledge

    Registration — Individual Lecture Prices

    Member $5
    Member (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow) $5
    Nonmember $15
    Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow) $7

    Presented by

    • The New York Academy of Sciences
    • Nour Foundation
    • To the Best of Our Knowledge


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    This event is part of the From Knowledge to Wisdom series.

    Moderated by journalist Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s nationally syndicated program To the Best of our Knowledge, this timely and engaging three-part series at the New York Academy of Sciences brings together an array of leading scientists, philosophers, and scholars for an interdisciplinary investigation into the evolving nature of the human condition and the ultimate quest to discover how to lead the good life.

    To learn more about each lecture and to purchase tickets, click on the links below.