Discussion with Penn Positive Psychology Professor James O. Pawelski
Dr. James O. Pawelski discusses his new book The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies.
Join us for a discussion with Penn Professor James O. Pawelski. Dr. Pawelski is Director of Education and Senior Scholar in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he serves as the founding director of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program. He will be discussing his new book The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.
The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies seeks to explore and develop critically a shift taking place in the fields of English, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies. Although the suspicious hermeneutic methods developed in the late twentieth century helped expose the presence of undesirable ideologies in many texts, when pushed too far, these methods had the unfortunate consequence of pathologizing aspects of human flourishing. Recent developments in the study of well-being in a number of disciplines demonstrate the importance of taking seriously positive emotional experiences, strengths, resilience, the healthy effects that can follow from suffering and trauma, and the like. This collection of critical essays examines the value of eudaimonic readings for interpreting texts in rich new ways and for understanding human thriving in all its forms.
Date: Friday, December 7, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Penn Bookstore, 2nd Level, 3601 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cost: Free to attend!