Chautauqua Lecture Focuses "On Positivity"

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The final lecture in Eastern Kentucky University’s 2014-15 Chautauqua Lecture Series will focus “On Positivity.”

That’s the title of Dr. Barbara Fredrickson’s presentation, on Thursday, April 30 (a change from the originally scheduled date).

Frederickson’s lecture, at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building, serves as the fifth annual Bruce MacLaren Distinguished Lecture in honor of the founding director of EKU’s Chautauqua Series. MacLaren went on to head the series for 10 years. The event is free and open to the public.Fredrickson, the author of “Positivity” and “Love 2.0,” is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also serves as principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (aka PEP Lab). Her research reveals how positive emotions, fleeting as they are, can tip the scales toward a life of flourishing.

Winner of several awards for her research and teaching – including the American Psychological Association’s inaugural Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology’s Career Trajectory Award – Frederickson created her “broaden-and-build” theory to describe how positive emotions evolved for our human ancestors and how, today, they vitally shape people’s health and well-being.

Her scientific contributions have influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, in disciplines ranging from education to business and beyond. Her research has been featured in numerous national media outlets and, in May 2010, she was invited to brief the Dalai Lama on her research.

For more information, contact Chautauqua Lecture Series Coordinator Dr. Erik Liddell at

Published on April 15, 2015

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