Harvard University
Saturday, September 27, 2014

The American Dream?

Money, God, and the Pursuit of Happiness

September 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Sanders Theater

What is success?  Is there meaning beyond money?  Does belief in God make a difference to the pursuit of happiness?  Stanford professor and world-class behavioral economist, Charles Lee, will be sharing a Christian perspective in conversation with Harvard professor and expert on Confucian philosophy, Michael Puett.  HBS professor and Dean of Harvard College, Rakesh Khurana, will moderate the discussion.

Advance tickets are sold out, but some additional tickets will be available at the door.  Priority will be given to Harvard ID holders.  Doors will open at 6.45pm.

The Forum will also be livestreamed at this link tonight.

We also invite Harvard ID-holders to join the conversation via The Veritas Hour discussion groups, asking life's biggest questions with fellow students, graduate students, and professors.  Groups will meet for two weekday dinners and once during the post-Forum reception to be held at Queen's Head Pub directly after the Forum.

 Interested in joining a discussion group?  Sign up here!

About the Presenters
Joseph McDonald Professor of Accounting at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Charles M. C. Lee is the Joseph McDonald Professor of Accounting at the Graduate School of Business (GSB), Stanford University. He is also Co-chair of the Accounting Department at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.

Professor Lee received his PhD from Cornell University in 1990. He has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan Business School (where he served from 1990-95) and the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University (where he served from 1996-2004). From 1995-96 he was the Visiting Economist at the New York Stock Exchange.

From 2004 to July 2008, Dr. Lee was a Managing Director at Barclays Global Investors (BGI). During his tenure, the firm had over $300 Billion in active equity strategies. He joined the Stanford GSB faculty as a Visiting Professor in July 2008 while serving as a Senior Consultant to BGI, and became a full-time faculty member in July 2009.

Professor Lee's research spans financial statement analysis, equity valuation, behavioral finance, and market microstructure. His research on market efficiency and informational arbitrage has won numerous honors and awards.  His teaching honors include seven school-wide Teaching Excellence Awards (at Michigan, Cornell, and Stanford), as well as two Business Week Four-Star Citation on Teaching Excellence.

Prior to entering academic life, he spent five years in public accounting, the last three in the National Research Department of KPMG, Toronto, Canada. He holds a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Ontario Theological Seminary, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.





Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion, and Acting Director of the Asia Center, Harvard University

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University, and Acting Director of the Asia Center.  His interests are focused on the inter-relations between anthropology, history, religion, and philosophy.  He is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China and To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China, as well as the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity.

Dean of Harvard College; Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS); Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS); and co-master of Cabot House

Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. He is also the Master of Cabot House at Harvard College. He teaches a doctoral seminar on Management and Markets and and MBA courses in corporate governance and leadership. He is the course head for the first year MBA leadership and organizational behavior course.

Professor Khurana received his B.S. from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and his A.M. (Sociology) and Ph.D. in Organization Behavior from Harvard University. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a founding member of Cambridge Technology Partners in Sales and Marketing.

Professor Khurana's research uses a sociological perspective to focus on the processes by which elites and leaders are selected and developed. He has written extensively about the CEO labor market with a particular interest on: the factors that lead to vacancies in the CEO position; the factors that affect the choice of successor; the role of market intermediaries such as executive search firms in CEO search; and the consequences of CEO succession and selection decisions for subsequent firm performance and strategic choices. He has published articles on Corp. Governance in the Harvard Business and Sloan Management Review. His book on the CEO labor market, Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs (Princeton University Press). The book is an analysis of the labor market for CEOs.

History at Harvard University

The Veritas Forum was started at Harvard in 1992 by Kelly Monroe Kullberg during her time at the Divinity School. Since then, the Veritas Forum has expanded to over 80 schools across the world.

Last year, world renowned New Testament scholar dialogued with Harvard Philosophy Chair Sean Kelly in a conversation on the interpretation of the New Testament in a post-modern era at "The Bible: Gospel, Guide, or Garbage?" moderated by Jay Harris, Dean of Undergraduate Education and Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies.

In 2013, the University of Chicago's Jean Bethke Elstain and Harvard's Michael Sandel shared a dialogue on "The Role of Religion in Public Life" in Sanders Theater. HDS/HLS student Christopher Hampson moderated.

In 2012, Oxford Mathematician John Lennox spoke on "Miracles: Is Belief in the Supernatural Irrational?" to a packed audience of 650 people in Science Center C. Professor Tyler Vanderwheele, of Harvard's Epidemiology Department, moderated the Forum.

In 2011, Sri Lankan lay theologian and social critic Vinoth Ramachandra had a dialogue on pluralism with Harvard Professor Diana Eck, titled "Why Tolerance is Not Enough: Myths About Pluralism." Rodney Petersen, of the Boston Theological Institute, served as moderator.