The Veritas Forum at Dartmouth College
What Will Make Me Happy?
Christian and Syncretic Perspectives on Happiness and Holiness
October 10, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall
What will make me happy? One of life's oldest questions, this doozy has troubled people's minds for centuries. Join Satyan Devadoss of Williams, Dartmouth's own Paul Christesen, and the Dartmouth community for a dialogue on one of life's hardest questions, drawing from their respective traditions. The discussion will be moderated by Dartmouth classics professor Lindsay Whaley.
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What Will Make Me Happy? Christian and Syncretic Perspectives on Happiness and Holiness
October 10, 2011
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Williams College
Dr. Satyan L. Devadoss is Associate Professor of Mathematics at Williams
College, where he has taught for more than eight years. Before joining
the faculty of the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Williams,
Professor Devadoss was a Ross Assistant Professor at The Ohio State
University. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from The Johns Hopkins
Professor Devadoss has earned accolades for both his scholarship and
his teaching. Among these awards are the William Kelso Morrill Award for
excellence in teaching mathematics and the Henry L. Alder Award for
Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics
Faculty Member, a national honor given by the Mathematical Association
of America to honor faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily
successful and whose effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics
is shown to have influence beyond their own classrooms.
Professor Devadoss's work in topology and computational geometry has
also earned him numerous grants from the National Science Foundation,
visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley and The
Ohio State University, and a position as a research member of the
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. In addition, he has published
more than a dozen scholarly papers on mathematical subjects ranging from
configuration spaces and cartography to origami and juggling.
Associate Professor, Classics at Dartmouth College
Paul Christesen, Associate Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College, specializes in the history of ancient Greece, with a particular focus on athletics and economic value systems in the Archaic and Classical Periods (700-323-BCE). He received his B.A. in History and Classical Studies from Dartmouth College in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from Columbia University in 2001. He is presently writing a book that situates ancient Greek athletics in its sociopolitical context.
Professor Christesen has won awards both for his scholarship and for his teaching. He is the author of Ancient Greek History and Olympic Victor Lists, with Cambridge University Press (2007) and the forthcoming Sport: Antiquity and Its Legacy, under contract with Oxford University/I.B. Tauris, in addition to over two dozen peer-reviewed articles and reviews. Professor Christesen has given numerous lectures and presentations on his work from New Hampshire to England.
Himself a Dartmouth alumnus, Professor Christesen has taught several courses on classics and the ancient world, in addition to language courses in Greek and Latin. He recently authored an article for The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine entitled "Happiness and the Classics
," and enjoys helping Dartmouth students think carefully about the big questions.