Michèle Lamont– co-speaker Rafael Wittek
Date: 
Monday 20 November 2017

In many Western societies, social status and impact are determined by personal success in terms of level education, career, money and possessions. Such a one-sided focus on a narrow range of competences and knowledge produces a competitive society of winners (some) and losers (many). This is a recipe for social instability.

Division within Society - 20 November 2017

 
Luuk van Middelaar
Date: 
Thursday 19 October 2017

The 2016 Brexit vote and the US Trump election represented a dual threat for the European Union. A populist revolt — the immediate danger of which has subsided after the 2017 elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany. But also a geopolitical wake-up call. When the USA goes for America First, Europe has to “take its destiny into its own hands” (as Angela Merkel put it earlier this year).

Blaauw lecture
Anna Scaife
Date: 
Wednesday 11 October 2017

Magnetic fields are one of the most crucial components of the Universe. We know that magnetic fields are present everywhere. Large-scale fields intersperse the gas in our own Milky Way, and contribute significantly to the turbulent motion of gas between galaxies.

Blaauw Lecture 2017: Dark Force in the Invisible Universe - Anna Scaife

 
The Quest for Happiness
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Trudy Dehue
Date: 
Tuesday 19 September 2017

For many years, happiness researchers reported that children in the Netherlands are among the happiest in the world. Like other countries with high happiness scores of their youth the Dutch took pride in these figures. However, as these children grow up this idyll seems to be ruined. Increasing numbers of young adults ask for mental health care or medication against depression, or look for alternative means to increase their wellbeing. How to respond to that?

The Quest for Happiness
Uitverkocht
Taming the wild horse?
Brian Ostafin
Date: 
Monday 11 September 2017

The mindfulness movement seems to be everywhere. An accumulating body of evidence suggests widespread benefits of mindfulness ranging from attenuating anxiety and depressive symptoms to increasing creativity and even to diminishing racial biases. Is it possible that mindfulness can have such an extensive variety of effects? And if so, how? This talk will present a psychological model of mindfulness.

The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day
Roman Krznaric
Date: 
Friday 19 May 2017

The spirit of carpe diem has been hijacked by consumer culture. Cultural philosopher Roman Krznaric calls us to arms: the time has come to seize back the day. It is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history: carpe diem.

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