This three-day capstone event—with great food, music, and facinating talks—will celebrate hope and optimism, and the essential role they play in our everyday lives. The event concludes a major five-year effort to uncover the unique and surprising ways that hope and optimism affects individuals, communities, scientific progress, and artistic expression.
The Hope & Optimism initiative is a $5 million, four-year grant at Notre Dame, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. The project explores the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, and related states.
Friday, May 19: 4:45PM — 6:00PM
Tali Sharot (Director of the Affective Brain Lab and Associate
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of Experimental Psychology at University College London)
Saturday, May 20th: 5:00PM — 6:15PM
Dr. Cornel West (Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University)
They will be joined by:
Friday, May 19th: 3:00PM — 4:30PM
Hope & Optimism Fellows Lori Markson, Eshkol Rafaeli, and Michael Scheier
Saturday, May 20th: 11:00AM — 12:15PM
Yiyun Li (University of California, Davis)
1:45PM — 3:15PM
Hope & Optimism Fellows Luc Bovens and Nicole Hassoun
3:30PM — 4:45PM
Sabra Williams (Actress) (along with students from The Prison Project)
Sunday, May 21st
3:45PM — 5:00PM
David Eagleman (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine)
5:15PM — 6:30PM
T.C. Boyle (Distinguished Professor of English, University of Southern California)
The festival will feature the west coast premiere of our Hope on Stage winning play «I Carry Your Heart» by Georgette Kelly at the Bootleg Theater, and will include staged readings of plays from our other prize winners.
Opening night of the performance is dedicated to the late Philosophy Professor Marilyn McCord Adams.