Author of ‘Against Happiness’ to talk April 28

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - An author will discuss why he is against happiness April 28 at Gettysburg College.

The lecture, "Against Happiness," will take place in the College Union Building Room 260 at 7 p.m. Eric Wilson, an English professor at Wake Forest University, will talk from his book "Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy," which urges Americans to quit their persistent pursuit of happiness and embrace the melancholy that makes us human. Using John Lennon and Abraham Lincoln as examples, Wilson will argue that melancholy is the catalyst for creativity and inspiration for innovation. This free, public event is funded by the Fred and Martha Mahan Endowment and a book signing will follow the lecture.

Wilson is the author of "The Strange World of David Lynch," "Secret Cinema: Gnostic Vision in Film," "The Melancholy Android: On the Psychology of Sacred Machines," "Coleridge's Melancholia," "The Spiritual History of Ice," "Romantic Turbulence" and "Emerson's Sublime Science." Wilson is currently working on a nonfiction memoir "Forgiving the Darkness."

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

By: Lawrese Brown, class of 2010

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2009




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