May 06, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
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
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.