More than 200 attend Mount’s ‘Happiness Across the Lifespan’ conference

May 06, 2016


Left to right: Paul Schwartz, psychology professor and Center for Adolescent Research & Development co-director; keynote speaker Susan Engel, education author and senior lecturer in psychology; and Lawrence T. Force, psychology professor and director of the Center on Aging and Policy.

More than 200 students, educators, and members of the community attended the “Happiness Across the Lifespan” conference at Mount Saint Mary College on April 26.

Keynote speaker Susan Engel, education author and senior lecturer in psychology, addressed happiness in the educational System with a focus on the importance of curiosity.

Engel’s research interests include the development of curiosity, children’s narratives, play, and more generally, teaching and learning. Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Cognitive Development, Harvard Educational Review, and the American Education Research Journal. She is the author of six books, including “The Stories Children Tell: Making Sense of the Narratives of Childhood,” “Context is Everything: The Nature of Memory,” and “The End of the Rainbow: How Educating for Happiness (Not Money) Would Transform Our Schools.”

Her writing on education has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Huffington Post, and The Boston Globe.

The conference was sponsored by Kaplan Family Foundations, as well as the Mount’s Center for Adolescent Research & Development, and the Center on Aging & Policy.

Both centers provide psychology majors, as well as students of other disciplines, with many opportunities to expand their knowledge and interact with professionals in the field. Enhancing their coursework in social sciences, Mount students are able to participate in real-world experiences through the centers.