About the Institute
Formerly the Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), each year the Lampert Institute focuses on a particular theme with special urgency in the public realm, looking at both the domestic and global contexts. This dual focus highlights the institute’s emphasis on the importance of civic engagement not only in our own political communities, but also within the increasingly globalized world that we inhabit.
The institute’s main activities involve bringing theorists and practitioners to campus, promoting faculty research, and supporting students who seek to engage in substantial independent study under faculty guidance. READ MORE
The pursuit of happiness stands not just as one of the ends in whose name our nation was created, but as a goal of enormous value for just about everyone on the planet. All of us care deeply about the happiness of ourselves and others. But how far should that concern shape public policy, both domestically and around the world? How might we measure happiness, both within and across communities? And just what does happiness consist in, anyway? To help us understand these questions better, during the 2014-15 academic year the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs will sponsor a range of speakers and events focusing on the various ways in which the idea of happiness might both shape public policy and influence our pursuit of social and political goals domestically and internationally.