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Positive Psychology & Beyond (Joseph Priestley Award Celebration Lecture)

April 3, 2024

Martin E.P. Seligman,  Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Positive Psychology aims to understand and increase well-being: happiness, good character, and positive institutions. Dr. Seligman, this year's Joseph Priestley Award recipient, will discuss PERMA, the five building blocks of well-being, in addition to coaching and positive psychotherapy, interventions that promote well-being. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will revolutionize coaching and psychotherapy and report three newly discovered applications of AI to Positive Psychology.

The Joseph Priestley Award recipient is chosen by a different science department each year. The Department of Psychology selected this year’s recipient. The event is supported by the Priestley Fund and is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of biology, chemistry,  data analytics, geosciences, environmental studies, mathematics & computer science, psychology, and physics & astronomy.

Joseph Priestley Lecture
The Joseph Priestley Award is presented by Dickinson College in memory of Joseph Priestley, discoverer of oxygen, to a distinguished scientist whose work has contributed to the welfare of humanity. The award, first presented in 1952, recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution to our understanding of science and the world.

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Further information

  • Location: Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Calendar Icon
  • Cost: Varies