Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brown Bag Series: Amplifying the Concept of 'Well-Being': Public and Global Dimensions

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Merten Hall (formerly University Hall), #1201

Presenter: Mark Jacobs, PhD
Professor of Sociology

George Mason University established the world's first PhD Program in Public Sociology.  How does "public sociology" inflect the concept of well-being, and how does "well-being" inflect the concept of public sociology?

In this presentation, Dr. Jacobs will explore such dimensions of well-being as real utopias, human rights, building sustainable communities, and re-visioning the future, and consider issues of conceptualization and measurement. This discussion is a precursor to a workshop of the same name, open to the university and the public, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, the Provost's Center for Global Studies, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, to be held on Nov. 13-14, 2015.

The November workshop will bring together distinguished sociologists from the U.S. and Europe (including past presidents and other officers of both the American and the European Sociological Associations), as well as a representative of the Bhutanese government, to explore these critical issues from divergent perspectives.

The Center's Brown Bag Series is part of Mason’s Well-Being University initiative, dedicated to helping students, faculty, staff, and alumni build a life of vitality, purpose and resilience and ensuring Mason becomes a model well-being university where all community members are Thriving TogetherTo learn more about Mason’s Well-Being University initiative, visit

**FREE and Open to the Public**

Sponsored by Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

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