Harvard University
Saturday, September 27, 2014

The American Dream?

Money, God, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Sponsors: AACF • BCF • CI • HCFA • HUF • HRCFHarvard Law School Christian Fellowship

September 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Sanders Theater

We will be hosting a post-Forum discussion to be held at Queen's Head Pub directly after the Forum.

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. At Cornell he held the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professorship in Management and was the Director of the Parker Center for Investment Research.

From 2004 to July 2008, Dr. Lee was a Managing Director at Barclays Global Investors (BGI). As Global Head of Equity Research and Co-Head of North America Active Equity Strategies, he led the firm's world-wide active equity research team and was jointly responsible for its North American active equity business, including its flagship hedge fund. 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, and is widely published in leading academic journals in Accounting, Finance, and Economics (see CV for details). 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. Most recently his research interests have emcompassed the investment environment in China and regulatory oversight of Chinese security markets.

Professor Lee is a Co-Editor of the Accounting Review. He is a former Editor or Associate Editor of Management Science, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Review of Accounting Studies, and the Financial Analysts Journal, and has served on numerous AAA committees.

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.

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.