AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE

ON THE MEANING OF LIFE

April 19th – 20th, 2019

Cambridge, MA

This conference is sold out, but you may register to view it online via the conference livestream.

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The perennially fascinating question of the meaning of life has been neglected in academic circles until recently. Philosophers in the last few decades have rediscovered this foundational issue and begun thinking about how meaningfulness stands alongside happiness and moral excellence as a prime value in human life.

Meanwhile psychological research has devised new methods of investigating this same value, using powerful empirical tools to gauge the sources, prevalence, and perception of meaning in human life. These compelling and fruitful investigations have been taking place largely independently of one another.

Until now…

Join an international gathering of distinguished philosophers and psychologists at the forefront of a cutting-edge discussion of the meaning of life, as together we explore original research on life’s greatest question. Over the course of two days, we will advance an interdisciplinary dialogue that brings together insights from the humanities and social sciences on this vitally important topic.

The conference is open to the public, but registration is required, so reserve your seat today.

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Add to My Calendar 2019-04-19 09:00:00 2019-04-20 14:00:00 NewYork Meaning of Life Conference An interdisciplinary gathering of international speakers on the meaning of life, at Harvard University. Cambridge, MA Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University hfatharvard@gmail.com

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THE SCHEDULE

Friday, April 19th

Conference check-in opens at 8:30 AM

Sessions #1 & 2

Crystal Park, “What Creates a Sense of Meaning in Life?”

Frank Martela, “From meaning of life to meaning in life: Could intrinsic values be grounded in psychological motivational dispositions and needs?”

09:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:30am

Sessions #3 & #4

Samantha Heintzelman, “Meaning in Everyday Life”

Roy Baumeister, “Applying Meaning to Life: Motives, Problems, Challenges”

11:00 AM

Lunch

12:30 PM

Sessions #5 & #6

Jeff Hanson, “The place of commitment in a meaningful life”

Charles Taliaferro, “The meaning of life and philosophical theology”

1:30 PM

Break

3:00 PM

Session #7 & Discussion

Thaddeus Metz, “Western Psychological Theory’s Blindspots in respect of Meaning in Life”

Discussion, “Introducing a New Measure for Meaning in Life”

3:30 PM

Saturday, April 20th

Sessions #8 and #9

Michael Steger, “Does the Universe Possess Meaning? Practically Speaking, It Doesn’t Matter to Psychology”

Joshua Hicks, “Intrinsic Value is a Central Component of Existential Meaning”

9:00 - 10:30am

Coffee Break

10:30 AM

Session #10

Joshua Seachris, “Meaning of Life Holism”

11:00 AM

Roundtable Discussion

11:45 AM

Conference Ends

12:30 PM

WHAT TO EXPECT

Engaging Presentations

We’re honored to have 10 of the most engaging and thoughtful scholars from 4 continents who have been researching and publishing on the meaning of life.

Location

Enjoy the vibrant and intellectually rich city of Cambridge, Massachusetts during your stay. The conference will be held on Harvard University’s main campus.

Interdisciplinary Discussion

The conference aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and theology on this important life question.

Accommodation

Make sure to book your accommodations early! Because the conference is being held on Easter weekend, we do expect rooms in the Cambridge area to sell out.

Where to stay

Finding a good hotel can be tricky. So here are some of our favorite hotels nearby event location

Chales Hotel
The Charles Hotel

Luxury near Harvard’s campus

From $296 per night

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Hotel Veritas

(Recommended)

Value near Harvard’s campus

From $250 per night

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Porter Square Hotel

Great value one subway stop away

From $200 per night

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PRICING

Choose your favorite pass for the event.

Harvard Undergrad Students
(Optional Lunch)
Free
  • Regular Seating
  • Discussions with Speakers
  • Keynote Address

(Must present ID at registration)
Student Pass

Complete Conference
(Lunch Included)
$20
  • Attend All Sessions
  • Lunch Provided on Friday
  • Regular Seating
  • Discussions with Speakers
  • Keynote Address

RESERVE MY SEAT

CONFERENCE
(No Meal)
$10
  • Attend Sessions Friday & Saturday
  • Regular Seating
  • Keynote Address
  • Saturday Concluding Roundtable

Conference, No Meals

Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get to the venue?

The venue is walkable from the Harvard Square T-stop and several bus lines. The best way to get to the conference is by plugging the 1730 Cambridge St. address into google maps.

What about accommodation?

The cost of the hotel accommodations in Cambridge can be quite expensive, so we recommend you book well in advance. A special discount may be available at the Veritas hotel if you ask about the Meaning of Life Conference rate.

What payment types do you accept?

All ticketing and payments are processed via Eventbrite. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Admission for students is free, but a student ID must be presented upon check-in.

Can I get a refund on my tickets?

Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by us, in which case we will make a full refund. If you will not be able to attend, please notify us so that we can accommodate those on the wait list.

OUR SPONSORS

This event is supported by the following sponsors.

THE VENUE

The Meaning of Life Conference will be hosted in Harvard’s Tsai Auditorium near the main Harvard Square campus. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today!

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CONFERENCE ADDRESS

Tsai Auditorium

Building CGIS South

1730 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 01238

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CONTACT

Human Flourishing Program

hfhatharvard [at]  gmail [dot.] com

+1 617-945-1857

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If you have any questions about the event, please contact us via email and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

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