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A New Approach to Arts and Culture That Can Help Individuals and Families Thrive

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July 12th at Noon ET / 11:00am CT (60 minutes)

Guest Speaker: James Pawelski, PhD, Professor of Practice and Director of Education, Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Host:  Kristin Keffeler, MSM & MAPP Principal, Illumination360, PPI Dean of Positive Psychology

Description:  In his 2021 Rendezvous keynote address, Dr. James Pawelski invited the PPI community to consider how the science of positive psychology could be used to enhance individual and family flourishing. In an extension of his keynote address, we will take a deeper dive into an emerging field of research he is leading that looks at the well-being benefits of arts and culture. We will explore ways active engagement with music, art, and literature can help us thrive, and how, as advisors, we can use arts and culture as a tool to help families see themselves anew.

Introduction to Our Guest Speaker

James O. Pawelski, Ph.D., is professor of practice and director of education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as adjunct professor of Religious Studies. Having won a Fulbright Scholarship and earned a doctorate in philosophy, he is the founding director of the Humanities and Human Flourishing Project, which has been designated a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab. He is the author of The Dynamic Individualism of William James, editor of the philosophy section of the Oxford Handbook of Happiness, co-editor of The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies, co-editor of On Human Flourishing: A Poetry Anthology, and co-author (with his wife Suzann Pileggi Pawelski) of Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts. Additionally, he is the editor of the Oxford University Press book series on the Humanities and Human Flourishing and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Positive Humanities. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Pawelski is the founding director of Penn’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program, the founding executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association, a member of the executive committee of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, and has served on the Steering Committee of the International Positive Education Network and as President of the William James Society. He is an international keynote speaker who has given talks—often in Spanish—in more than 20 countries on six continents and is the recipient of a Practice Excellence Award from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and of the Humanitarian Innovation Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Culture from the Humanities Innovation Forum at the United Nations.

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July 12

@ 12:00 pm

1:00 pm