*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

The Examined Life

Asserting that the unexamined life cannot be lived fully, the course examines options for dealing with six of the essentials of the human condition: mortality, fallibility, aloneness, meaninglessness, capacity for bad will toward others, and change. Other topics will include happiness, optimism, depression, and suicide. Each student will examine his or her own life and that of one leading personality. Students over the past 20 years have found the course a life-changing experience.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. John Burt is a retired University of Maryland professor and dean of public health. He is the author of three textbooks and twenty-five research papers. He holds degrees from Duke University, University of North Carolina, and the University of Oregon. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of North Carolina and the Scholar of the Year Award of the National Association for the Advancement of Health. His “Examined Life” course was one of the most popular in the honors program at the University of Maryland.

Recommended Reading:

Lyubomirsky, Sonja. The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want, 2008. Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning, 2006. Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, 2008.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A503 John Burt Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12 Fr 10:00-11:30 a.m. Rockfish Presbyterian Church WL

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