Schedule: Concept of Purpose 2003

"Exploring the Nature and Development of Purpose in Youth"


March 23-24, 2003

Stanford, California

Schedule

Sunday, March 23 - Faculty Club

5:00 - 6:00 pm

        Cocktail reception


6:00 - 6:30 pm

        Introductory remarks

            Arthur Schwartz, The John Templeton Foundation

6:30 - 7:00 pm

        Conference welcome

            William Damon, Stanford University

7:00 - 8:00 pm

        Dinner

           

Monday, March 24 - East Vidalakis Dining Room, Schwab Center


8:30 - 9:00 am

        Continental breakfast at the Schwab Center

9:00 - 9:15 am

        Introduction and conference logistics

            William Damon

9:15 - 10:15 am

       
Question 1: What kinds of purposes tend to inspire young people, either here and now (21st Century USA), or in any other historical and cultural contexts?

           
9:15 - 9:35 am - Lene Jensen (Catholic Univeristy of America)

           
9:35 - 9:55 am - Richard Shweder (University of Chicago)

           
9:55 - 10:15 am - Group Discussion

10:15 - 10:30 am

        Break

10:30 - 12:00 pm

       

Question 2: How (and through what kinds of biological, cultural, educational, familial, spiritual, or any other kinds of influences) do young people discover purposes?

           
10:30 - 10:50 am - Jonathan Haidt (University of Virginia)

           
10:50 - 11:10 am - Robert Roeser (Stanford Univeristy)

           
11:10 - 11:30 am - Margaret Beale Spencer (University of Pennsylvania)

           
11:30 - noon - Group Discussion

12:00 - 1:00 pm

        Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm

       

Question 3: What role does purpose play in human development (during youth, adulthood, any and all segments of the life-span)?

           
1:00 - 1:20 pm - Robert Emmons (University of CA, Davis)

           
1:20 - 1:40 pm - Peter Benson (Search Institute)

           
1:40 - 2:00 pm - Dan McAdams (Northwestern University)

           
2:00 - 2:30 pm - Group Discussion

2:30 - 2:45 pm

        Break

2:45 - 4:15 pm

       

Question 4: Are noble purposes acquired in the same manner as ignoble ones - and is this a distinction that is important, and possible, to make?

           
2:45 - 3:05 pm - Richard Lerner (Tufts Univeristy)