Thank you to those who joined us for this virtual workshop on July 24th, 2023. The workshop’s theme was “the good life” and explored related concepts from around the world. View some of the recorded sessions below to learn how different cultures define concepts such as “the good life,” wellbeing, or happiness, and how world events, appropriation, and the passage of time have shaped these shared definitions and practices. This workshop was designed for community college educators, and open to the public.
Scroll down for recorded sessions and resources for each talk.
Recordings and Resources
- Dr. Christine Whelan (UW-Madison) Keynote Speaker: “Defining and Redefining Happiness: A Brief History and Why It Matters Today”
- Dr. Claus Elholm Andersen (UW-Madison): “Hygge and Happiness”
- Dr. Katharina Richter (University of Bristol) and Luis Gonzalez-Quizhpe (Harvard University) : “Good Living in Practice: The case of Buen Vivir/sumak kawsay in Ecuador”
- Dr. David Kiefer (UW-Madison): “Ethnobotany and Integrative Health”
- Unifier Dyer, PhD Candidate (UW-Madison): “Ubuntu And the Expansiveness of Relational Responsibilities”
- Dr. Rumya Putcha (University of Georgia): “Orientalism and Wellness in the United States”
Dr. Claus Elholm Andersen
Dr. Claus Elholm Andersen (UW-Madison)
“Hygge and Happiness”
What is hygge? And how does it relate to happiness? In this talk, Professor Andersen will introduce the concept of hygge, explain how it relates to the Scandinavian way of life, and show what Americans can learn from it.
Dr. Claus Elholm Andersen is Paul and Renate Madsen Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to his scholarly research on the works of authors Karl Ove Knausgård and Hans Christian Andersen, he has given numerous talks around Wisconsin on hygge and happiness through the Badger Talks program.
Recording available upon request. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Wiking, Meik. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well. Penguin Random House, 2016.
Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Dunn, Elizabeth, and Michael Norton. Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013.
The meaning of the Second Schleswig War (‘1864’) in Denmark by Rasmus Glenthøj (May 1, 2019) Nordics.info
The Year of Hygge, the Danish Obsession with Getting Cozy by Anna Altman (Dec. 18,2016) The New Yorker
Schedule (all times are U.S./Chicago Central Standard Time)
Schedule subject to change
|10:00 – 10:10am||Workshop Introduction|
|10:10-11:15am||Keynote Address with Dr. Christine Whelan, “Defining and Redefining Happiness: A Brief History and Why It Matters Today”|
|11:15 – 12:15pm||Dr. Claus Elholm Andersen, “Hygge and Happiness”|
|12:15-1:15pm||Dr. Katharina Richter & Luis Gonzalez, “Good Living in Practice: The Case of Buen Vivir/sumark kawsay in Ecuador”|
|1:15-2:15pm||David Kiefer, MD, “Ethnobotany and Integrative Health”|
|2:15-3:15pm||Unifier Dyer, PhD Candidate, “Ubuntu and the Expansiveness of Relational Responsibilities”|
|3:15-4:15pm||Dr. Rumya Putcha, “Orientalism and Wellness in the United States”|