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In this discussion we will explore questions related to happiness, such as:
What is happiness? How has the meaning of happiness evolved or changed over time?
Are happiness and joy the same thing? If yes, how so? If no, how are they connected?
What do different streams of thought—religious, philosophical, medical, psychological—have to say about happiness and its role in being human?
How is happiness related to mental, physical, and spiritual wholeness? Is there such a thing as communal happiness? If so, how is it connected to individual happiness?
Why is happiness a central right in the Declaration of Independence?
What happens if your happiness hinders my happiness? Who decides whose happiness prevails when there are conflicts?
How are life and liberty shaped by happiness, and vice versa…how is happiness shaped by concepts of life and liberty?
Who decides what happiness means? How are equality, equity, and happiness related?

Panelists include:
Melanie DeMore works nationally sharing both musics of the African Diaspora and her delightful compositions
Karina Gil, Ph.D., MSW, Director Worden School of Social Service, Our Lady of the Lake University
Jim Harrington, human rights attorney and retired founder of the Texas Civil Rights Project

Rachel Pearson, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Long School of Medicine and scholar in residence at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Event co-sponsors: The Jewish Community Relations Council–a Division of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Society, and the Raindrop Foundation San Antonio

*This event will be recorded. Registration and/or participation in the event signifies an awareness of and consent to the recording process and that images, likeness, audio, and video files from the event might appear in or be posted on SoL Center materials and media.