One of the most popular courses at Yale University is HUMS 411, “Life Worth Living.” Taught by Dr. Matthew Croasmun, the class outlines the values of different traditions and ideologies through foundational texts and guest lecturers. The goal is for students to develop skills in the life-long process of reflecting on, and discerning, the good life.
Dr. Croasmun says “What we’re trying to do is offer students an opportunity to think critically about the most important question of their lives across important and enduring lines of difference. That can only be good for them as individuals and as global citizens.” As we all ponder what making a “dent in the universe” really means — and how we will achieve that end, it behooves all of us to deeply consider the fundamental question of what our pursuits will mean in the long run.
Dr. Croasmun will be joining us onstage at the 2021 Dent Conference in Santa Fe, NM to talk about how he equips students, educators, and the public for the lifelong process of discerning, articulating, and pursuing the good life by engaging the world’s philosophical and religious traditions.
Matt Croasmun is Associate Research Scholar and Director of the Life Worth Living Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Lecturer of Divinity & Humanities at Yale University. He is the author of The Emergence of Sin: the Cosmic Tyrant in Romans (2017) and For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference (2019).