How Wise Are You? Thursday, Nov 20

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How Wise Are You?
Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross
Thursday, November 20, 4-5:15 pm,
Celebrating World Philosophy Day (UNESCO)

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th St. Seminar Room 305, Russell Hall

There will be refreshments and a display of books on Wisdom.

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Each year on the third Thursday in November, UNESCO invites friends of philosophy throughout the world to pursue "free, reasoned and informed thinking -- thinking that works towards a better understanding of the world, promoting tolerance and peace."

In response to that challenge, this session of the Socratic Conversations will examine ten behaviors associated with thinking and acting wisely, drawn from our world wisdom traditions and from scientific research on the subject.

Please come to share your ideas, experiences, and…wisdom! Among the topics we'll discuss are:

How Do You Define Wisdom?
Who is Wise? How Can You Tell?
Is Wisdom Individual, or Collective?
Can Wisdom Be Taught? – or Learned?
Are you getting wiser?
If so, how? If not, why not?
Does Wisdom make us happier?
Does American culture value it?

This Conversation will be followed up by several sessions of the University Seminar which meets monthly, including sessions with Mark Brackett (, of Yale University, on Emotional Intelligence (January 26th);George Bonanno (, of Teachers College, Columbia University, onResilience after Traumatic Loss ( December 8th) and Ursala Staudinger (, of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, on Wisdom (March).

About the Founder: Ron Gross is the founder of "Conversations New York." He's been organizing exciting, important CONVERSATIONS for 20 years, and currently holds them regularly on the Columbia University campus and elsewhere through the city. He's the author of 23 books on LIFELONG LEARNING. He was recently honored for lifetime achievement in the field by the International Society for Self-Directed Learning. The late Buckminster Fuller said of Ron's work: “If humanity is to pass safely through its present crisis on earth, it will be because a majority of individuals are now doing their own thinking. Ronald Gross’ work has pioneered in improving the climate for such thinking in the United States.”