BT1203 Fall 2018 Is There a History of Happiness?
Friday, 1:00–2:30, Sept. 14
Instructor: Dr. Peter Stearns
Coordinator: Jennifer Disano
A group of historians is working on connections between history and well-being. Trying to figure out patterns of happiness over time is part of this project. This talk will sketch the findings and issues involved, beginning with a gloomy view of agricultural society and proceeding to discuss modern gains and their limits. And yes, we probably are a bit happier, or we should be.
Peter N. Stearns is provost emeritus and university professor at George Mason University, with a PhD in history from Harvard University. He has written or edited 130 books and published widely in modern social history. His areas of expertise include world history, social history, globalization, and history of emotions. His next book, on culture change, comes out in December.