Very Happy Lecture Series Comes to Downtown Tucson
October 8, 2013
Next Wednesday, Oct. 16 is the kick-off lecture for the five-week Downtown Lecture Series on Happiness held at the Fox Theatre on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The first lecture, Pursuing and Finding Happiness by Dr. Celestino Fernández, will take place on October 16 at 6:30 pm. The Declaration of Independence identifies happiness as an “unalienable” right for all people. But how do we determine a society’s overall happiness and how do social groups experience happiness differently? Dr. Fernández explores recent research that shows how social factors influence happiness. Are we happier today than we were 50 or 100 years ago? Does happiness change with age, education, income level, religiosity, or marital status? Where do the happiest people live? The answers offer insight into how we find and pursue happiness as individuals and as a society. Fernández, a Distinguished Outreach Professor, teaches a popular course on happiness to more than 500 students at the UA.
Charles Raison, Department of Psychiatry and Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, will deliver a lecture on Compassion Training as a Path to Genuine Happiness on October 23 at 6:30 pm. Derived from ancient Tibetan lojong Buddhist teachings, Cognitively-Based Compassion Training offers a radically different approach to happiness by embracing conflict and frustration as a means to produce internal physical changes linked to happiness. Dr. Raison will introduce this technique and present evidence that compassion training has the potential to optimize emotional and physical health through a variety of interrelated effects, including improving emotional and biological stress responses, and enhancing the brain’s empathic responses to others in ways that might reduce depression. Dr. Raison has shared his research with the Dalai Lama and serves as a mental health expert for CNNhealthcare.com.
Information about future happiness lectures are available on the Happiness Series website.
Admission is free to the Happiness lectures, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. To secure seats and avoid lines, you may pick up tickets in advance at The Fox Tucson Theatre ticket booth starting 11 a.m. on the day of each lecture (4 tickets max per person).
The Fox Theatre is located at 17 W. Congress Street at the northwest corner of Congress and Stone. On-street parking Downtown is free after 5 p.m., plus there are plenty of parking garages nearby. We hope you will consider supporting a Downtown business by stopping for appetizers or dinner before or after the lectures!