By Matt Holzapfel
Elon University will welcome Harvard professor, psychologist, and bestselling author Dan Gilbert to campus on March 30 in Alumni Gym to deliver the university’s spring convocation speech. Gilbert, who is well known for his book Stumbling on Happiness, has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the “American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology.” In 2008 Gilbert was even invited to be a part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
“Gilbert is widely known for his research into having a great quality of life,” says Dan Anderson, vice president for university communications at Elon. “His bestseller Stumbling on Happiness and three popular TED Talks have popularized his work as a social psychologist.” Dan Gilbert will be talking about what “makes us happy” and the implications that that has on business strategies, sales and marketing, and understanding customers, according to the Elon Cultural Event Calendar (http://www.elon.edu/e-web/news/cultural_events/spring17/march.xhtml).
“He’s a great example of Elon’s priority in bringing world leaders and scholars to campus,” said Anderson in an interview. “He is one of the best-known psychologists in the world today.” Dan Gilbert also co-wrote and hosted the award-winning PBS television series “This Emotional Life”, which debuted in 2010 and has amassed over 10 million views since. According to his website, http://www.danielgilbert.com/, Gilbert is also a regular contributor to Time, The New York Times, and NPR’s All Things Considered and has made appearances on The Today Show, The Late Show, and The Colbert Report, just to name a few.
Dan Gilbert has given six different TED talks which, together, have collected 20 million views, including 15 million on his most popular talk. Gilbert will be speaking in Elon’s Alumni Gym at 3:30 p.m. for Spring Convocation, tickets are free with a valid Elon student ID and $13 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased starting March 9, 2017.