Plan II Spring 2009 Perspectives Class: Perspectives on Happiness: Follow your bliss and Happiness: Three Strategists and a Shaker Elder
Wed, February 18, 2009 • 7:00 PM • Gearing Hall (GEA), Room 105
Tonight's speaker: Dr. Betty Sue Flowers, Director, LBJ Library and Museum and a special presentation by Dr. Philip Bobbitt, School of Law. This unique course, taught by Plan II Director Professor Michael Stoff, brings together a panel of faculty members from various disciplines to discuss their views on happiness. Despite the guarantee of its pursuit as a constitutional right, happiness has often been hard to find. Is happiness attainable in an imperfect world? How is it defined and who eDr. Flowers' presentation is titled Happiness: Follow your bliss. Betty Sue Flowers is the director of the LBJ Library and Museum on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. She is a Plan II alumna, a former director of Plan II, a poet, an editor, and a business consultant. Dr. Flowers is a member of the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers and a Distinguished Alumna of The University of Texas at Austin. Her publications range in topic from poetry therapy to the economic myth, and include four television tie-in books in collaboration with Bill Moyers, among them Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. She recently coauthored Synchronicity with Joseph Jaworski, which explores the inner dimensions of leadership. Professor Bobbit's presentation is Happiness: Three Strategists and a Shaker Elder. Philip Bobbitt is one of the nation's leading constitutional theorists, Professor Bobbitt's interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. He has published six books: Tragic Choices (with Calabresi) (1978), Constitutional Fate (1982), Democracy and Deterrence (1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy (with Freedman and Treverton) (1989), Constitutional Interpretation (1991), The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (Knopf, 2002) and, most recently, Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century (Knopf, 2008). Dr. Bobbitt is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.