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Spring 2022 Theme: Happiness

We all want to be happy, but what does it mean to live a happy life and how does one get there?

This coming spring, the Austin Institute events will try to answer these questions. Looking at what lies at the root of any form of human flourishing, our speakers will help us navigate these issues in the broadest and yet deepest way. We will look at happiness through the eyes of philosophy, law, sociology, and literature. Hopefully, this will be an occasion to grow in happiness together, learning what it is that we should be starving for in this life.

Check these ones out, register to save your spot, and keep an eye on our website for what is coming next!


  • Wednesday, Jan. 19
    6:00 PM, Stumberg Hall
    Reservation Required​​


1.) "How and How Not to Be Happy" with UT Professor J. Budziszewski

  • Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8 & 15
    7:00–8:30 PM Stumberg Hall

2.) "The Classical Ideal of Happiness: On Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Some Modern Alternatives" with Dr. Dana Stauffer and Dr. Erik Dempsey

  • Feb. 22, Mar. 8, 15 & 22
    7:00–8:30 PM Stumberg Hall​


1.) "It’s Not Selfish to Pursue One’s Own Happiness (Rightly Understood):

  • Jan. 31, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
    Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe Street, Austin

2.) "'The Pursuit of Happiness' from the Declaration of Independence to 2022" with Dr. Alan Sager

  • Feb. 21, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
    Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe Street, Austin


More events to come!

  • The Good Life Book Club
    The Good Life Book Club
    Sep 02, 2021, 6:30 PM – May 12, 2022, 8:30 PM
    Austin Institute, 3206 Fairfax Walk, Austin, TX 78705, USA
    This program is for Austin’s young professionals. We are creating a space, a recurring occasion for cultural enrichment, dialogue, and personal growth. We will meet every other week, on Thursday or Friday evening (based on attendees' needs). Register below to save your spot... and spread the word!