By Christina Elias

Social psychologist Daniel Gilbert will headline Elon University’s Spring Convocation March 30. Gilbert is a professor at Harvard University and is known for his 2006 book “Stumbling on Happiness” and multiple TED Talks.

Daniel Gilbert
Daniel Gilbert

According to Dan Anderson, vice president for university communications, Gilbert is “widely known for his research into having a great quality of life … and he’s one of the best-known psychologists in the world today.”

“He’s a great example of Elon’s priority on bringing world leaders and scholars to campus, giving students, faculty and staff the opportunity to learn from and interact with people who have challenging and inspiring ideas,” Anderson said.

Elon’s Cultural Calendar touts his best-selling book as “not a self-help manual, but a deep and delightful explanation of what psychologists, neuroscientists and behavioral economists have discovered about why people are so poor at predicting the sources of their own satisfaction.”

Gilbert graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in psychology and went on to earn his Ph.D. in social psychology at Princeton University. He taught at the University of Texas at Austin until 1996, when he joined the Harvard University faculty. He was named Harvard’s Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology in 2013.

Spring Convocation will take place at 3:30 p.m. March 30 in Alumni Gym. Tickets go on sale March 9. Admission is $13 or free with an Elon ID.


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