Center for Practical Wisdom inaugural wisdom forum

Following the announcement of the new Center for Practical Wisdom in June 2016, we held the inaugural wisdom forum meeting on July 13-14, 2016. Hosted by the Center Director Howard Nusbaum, the forum brought together key scholars and scientists to discuss wisdom from multiple perspectives and disseminate the latest research findings.

Presentations covered a variety of topics include wisdom and neuroscience, wisdom exemplars, stress resilience, wise-reasoning, and measuring wisdom, among others. Click on presentation titles below to view filmed lectures!


Forum Agenda: Wisdom Research Forum, Chicago, Illinois

July 13, 2016: Welcome Reception Click here for video montage.

Howard C. Nusbaum, Director, Center for Practical Wisdom, Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago

July 14, 2016 Presentations and Discussions Click on the presentation titles to watch!

Why Is the World Falling Apart?

Robert Sternberg, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

Wisdom from a Neuroscience Perspective

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care; Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging; Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences; Director, Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, University of California, San Diego

Long-term predictors of late life wisdom and well-being among highly educated white men

Monika Ardelt, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of Florida

Wisdom Exemplars

Michel Ferrari, Professor, Applied Psychology & Human Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada

Psychophysiological Predictors of Resilience to Stress and Trauma

Greg Norman, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Chicago

Does Adversity Make Us Wiser Than Before?

Eranda Jayawickreme, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Wake Forest University

Wisdom as Knowing How to Live

Stephen Grimm, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Fordham University

Wise reasoning: Context matters

Igor Grossmann, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada

Wisdom in a Foreign Language

Sayuri Hayakawa, Doctoral Student, Psychology, University of Chicago

Measuring Wisdom: Old and New Thoughts

Judith Gl├╝ck, Professor, Developmental Psychology, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

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