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Love, Friendship, and Happiness Conference

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February 15, 2020

Mackay Campus Center Auditorium

64 Mercer Street RI 08542 United States


Erika Kidd, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Catholic Studies

University of St. Thomas

Craig Titus, Ph.D.

Director of the Department of Integrative Studies

Divine Mercy University

Anna Moreland, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

Villanova University

R.J. Snell, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Programs, Witherspoon Institute

Princeton University

Event Overview

The goal of the Love, Friendship, and Happiness Conference is to bring together scholars and writers to examine and discuss the philosophy and theology around the broad themes of friendship, love and happiness, especially attempting to draw upon the resources of the Christian tradition, to offer something more robust than the sentimentalism which often shapes discussions of these topics.

This event is free and open to the public. Students of Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University, as well as the local community and interested members of the public are all invited to register. All Sessions and Breaks will be held in the Mackay Campus Center Auditorium (Basement Floor).

Saturday, February 15

8:45 – 9:30 am | Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 9:35 am | Welcome from Convener and Moderator, Dr. Margarita Mooney, Princeton Theological Seminary and Scala Foundation

9:35 – 10:45 am | Dr. Erika Kidd, “Love Comes to Grief: Scenes from Augustine’s Confessions

10:45 – 11:00 am | Coffee Break

11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Dr. Craig Titus, “Aquinas on the Moral Development of Friendship-Love as a Contribution to Mental Health Practice”

12:15 – 2:00 pm | Lunch on your own (guests are encouraged to go to downtown Princeton for lunch)

2:00 – 3:15 pm | Dr. Anna Moreland, “Romantic Chaos in College: Causes and Cure”

3:15 – 3:30 pm | Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:45 pm | Dr. RJ Snell, “Demons at the Feast of Love: Concupiscence, Benevolence, and Transcendence”

4:45 – 5:30 pm | Closing panel with all speakers