Over the four Saturday afternoons of September, Leeds Salon, in partnership with The Tetley*, has put together a series of public discussions asking: What Does it Mean to be Human? The third discussion is:
Should We Be happy?
Human happiness has been a concern since Ancient Greece. And the ‘pursuit of happiness’ has been seen as a fundamental human right since the French and American Revolutions. However, it is only in recent years that happiness has become an object of government policy: in the UK with the establishment of the National Well-being Project in 2010, and the first ‘Happiness Survey’ in 2012.
But why has happiness become an issue? Does it reflect a real and growing problem of unhappiness in contemporary society; maybe driven by our consumerist culture and the pace of 21st Century life? Or does it reflect our more emotional times, both underpinned by, and encouraging, a ‘vulnerable’ model of human functioning?
Speaker: Ashley Frawley - lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy, Swansea University, and author of 'The Semiotics of Happiness: Rhetorical Beginning of a Public Problem' (2014).
Admission: £3 to pay on the day.
For more information visit: www.leedssalon.org.uk
*The Tetley is a new centre for contemporary art and learning, located in the former headquarters of the world-famous Tetley Brewery on Hunslet Road. Visit their website at: www.thetetley.org