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The Pursuit of Happiness

March 20, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Capitol Theater • Overture Center for the Arts • Madison
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm


Capitol Theater
201 State St Overture Center for the Arts
53703 Madison , WI

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Join the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters for an evening with renowned neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson in Overture Center's Capitol Theater. After being prompted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to study compassion and positivity in the same way that depression, anxiety, and fear are studied, Academy Fellow Richard Davidson shifted his research to the brain’s ability to cultivate well-being. Drawing on the scientific means to examine brain circuits that exhibit plasticity in areas of resilience, positive outlook, mindfulness, and compassion, Davidson's research has shown that we can shape and modify our minds for a happier life.

For the Wisconsin Academy’s American Dream in Wisconsin series, Davidson will be interviewed by Anne Strainchamps of WPR regarding the brain’s capacity for change, its connection to the body and how it regulates genes, and our innate human tendency toward basic goodness. The conversation will explore how the conscious quest for mental well-being can help us in our pursuit of the American Dream.

Presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters with support from the Center for Healthy Minds, this event is free and open to the public with advance online registration.

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Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior, the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Anne Strainchamps is the host and co-founder of Wisconsin Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Peabody award-winning public radio interview show heard on more than 200 public radio stations across the United States. Strainchamps began her career in public broadcasting at NPR.

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Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608-263-1692

James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-265-2500