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

This Forum is free and open to the public, but we are offering free tickets through the Harvard Box Office.  Tickets will be open to the general public beginning September 22.

We invite you to join the conversation with The Veritas Hour.  We'll be hosting three one-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.

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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.

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.