Group photo: “Virtue & Happiness” Summer Seminar

This week on the Virtue Blog, I’ll post photos from our first summer seminar, “Virtue & Happiness”.

I took our group photo on the grounds of Moreau Seminary, the location for our week-long series of seminars, discussions, great food, and walks around the lakes.

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~ Valerie Wallace, Associate Director, Communications

From left: Darcia Narvaez, Chip Lockwood, Kristina Grob, Anne Baril, Jason Welle, Indra Liauw, Fr. Michael Sherwin, Wenqing Zhao, Santiago Mejia, Olivia Bailey, Ryan Darr, Gus Skorburg, Leland Saunders, Mihailis Diamantis, Sukaina Hirji, Jennifer A. Frey, Hollen Reisher, Candace Vogler, Owen Flanagan, Yuan Yuan, Amichai Amit, Brian Ballard, Parisa Moosavi, Sungwoo Um, Anselm Mueller, John Meinert, Samuel Baker, Tom Angier, Kate Phillips, Jaime Hovey, Matthew Dugandzic. Photo by Valerie Wallace.

Interview with Wenqing Zhao, Summer Seminar Participant

Wenqing Zhao

This post is part of a series of interviews with our incoming class for the “Virtue & Happiness” 2016 Summer Seminar. Wenqing Zhao is Post-doctoral Research Fellow and Assistant Director, the Center for Comparative Philosophy, Duke University.

Valerie Wallace: Where are you from?
Wenqing Zhao: I was born and raised in mainland China, and I spent most of my adult life in Hong Kong.


VW: Tell me about your current research.
WZ: My primary research areas are Confucian and comparative philosophy, moral psychology and applied ethics. I believe that the search for a sensible and productive moral foundation can only be the fruit of cross-cultural dialogue given what we know about ourselves from empirical psychology.


VW: What are you most looking forward to about this summer’s Virtue & Happiness seminar?
WZ: I am really looking forward to learning about how different traditions conceive virtue, happiness and the meaning of life, and the latest neurobiological studies on moral development. It is also a wonderful opportunity to get to know other young researchers of virtue and happiness.


VW: What are your non-academic interests?
WZ: I love diving, traveling, stand-up and cross-talk comedy (xiangsheng 相声 in Chinese).