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Return to Evergreen - Evergreen's Turning 40
September 19, 2011 - June 15, 2012
The Evergreen State College

The Evergreen State College Traveling Seminar Series Presents:


September 22, 2011, Portland, OR

A group exploration co-facilitated by Evergreen Faculty Member Ratna Roy and Psychologist Robert Biswas-Diener '95

Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Programs and the Evergreen Alumni Association

Program Overview

This will be an authentically Evergreen exploration of that which we all seek. Participants will drive the direction of conversation.

Possible discussion points

  • Globalism and Happiness
  • Socioeconomic Aspects of Happiness
  • Research Findings on Psychological Aspects of Happiness in the Calcutta Slums
  • Economic Models as Related to Happiness
  • Religious, Spiritual and Artistic Aspects of Happiness
  • The Psychology of Personal Happiness

Thursday, September 22, 2011
6:00–6:45 pm Reception
6:45–9:00 pm Seminar
The Envoy, 2336 SW Osage St. #703, Portland, Oregon 97205
Hosted by Keri Carkeek '91
Limit of 25 Seminar Participants
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served 
$20 per person

Seminar Facilitators

Ratna Roy, Faculty, The Evergreen State College 
Ratna, who earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon, is well known for her revival of a little-known feminist tradition of Odissi dance from India, the devadasi (female temple dancer). 

Robert Biswas-Diener '95
Psychologist Robert Biswas-Diener has been called the "Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology" because of his adventures in pursuit of the causes and conditions of human happiness. 

Faculty Participant

We are pleased to be joined by Evergreen faculty member Sarah Williams. Sarah received an M.A. in anthropology from SUNY Binghamton and a Ph.D. in history of consciousness from UC Santa Cruz. 

Your regular, yearly gifts to the Evergreen Annual Fund are vital to the continued support of students and faculty. Thank you.

The goal of the Traveling Seminar Series is to bring together members of the extended Evergreen community to rekindle the joy of intellectual exploration.