Plan II Spring 2009 Perspectives Class: Perspectives on Happiness: How to be happy
Wed, March 11, 2009 • 7:00 PM • Gearing Hall (GEA), Room 105
Tonight's speaker: Dr. Michael Starbird, Department of Mathematics. 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 exactly doesthe defining? Does the meaning of happiness change over timeMichael Starbird is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Mathematics. His numerous awards include the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award (chosen by Plan II students), and in January, 2007, The 2006 Mathematical Association of America Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Dr. Starbird serves on the national education committees of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, and he co-authored both The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking and Coincidences, Chaos, And All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas with UT graduate, Edward Burger.