From Strength to Strength with HBS and K-School Professor Arthur Brooks

On February 8, 2022 we had the privilege of hosting HBS and K-School Professor Arthur Brooks, economist, thought leader, and New York Times best-selling author. Thank you to all who joined us from across five continents to preview his 12th book, From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life. Drawing upon social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and interviews, the book offers an evidence-based and spiritually uplifting action plan for finding and cultivating meaning, purpose, and impact, thereby right-sizing our lives in ways that conduce increased joy and fulfillment.

Ambiguous Loss

Ambiguous loss describes the situation of both “having” and “not having” at the same time—a form of grief nearly everyone is experiencing during the pandemic. Come hear Pat and Tammy McLeod—authors of the book Hit Hard—talk about the challenges that ambiguous loss places on relationships and how to grow your resilience in the midst of it.

How Do We Follow a God of Justice & Courage?

Gary Haugen ’85, founder and CEO of the International Justice Mission, had a Q&A with HCAS Board Member Poh-Lian Lim Yap ’87 about his work ending global human trafficking. Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice.  Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press).

Religious Community and Human Flourishing

Tyler J. VanderWeele, Ph.D., is the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director of the Human Flourishing Program and Co-and Director of the Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality. He will be speaking to us about his recently published research that found religious attendance is linked to lower rates of “deaths of despair” (suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning).