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Dr. Stephen Post Spoke at First Dean's Distinguished Lecture
Author and professor Dr. Stephen Garrard Post opened the 2007-2008 Seaver College Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series on Sept. 17 in Smothers Theatre on the Malibu campus. During the first lecture of the series' 10th anniversary year, Post discussed the scientific connection between altruism and health, highlighting research that proves the link between doing good and living a longer, healthier, happier life. His most recent book, titled Why Good Things Happen to Good People (2007) and coauthored with journalist Jill Neimark, was available for purchase and signing by the author following the lecture. The lecture was open to the public and was free of charge.
Post earned his B.S. degree in marine ecology at Southampton College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in moral philosophy and religious ethics at the University of Chicago. Since 1988, he has served as professor of bioethics and family medicine in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Post is also president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, Altruism, Compassion, and Service, which was founded in 2001 with a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. He is the author of seven scholarly books and 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals on unselfish love and giving.
Each year, Seaver College dean David Baird selects five or more nationally renowned speakers to come to the University and give a 45-minute lecture followed by a 45-minute question and answer period. Paid for by the Seaver Board of Visitors and the Seaver Parents Association, the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series provides Pepperdine students, faculty, staff, and the local community the opportunity to hear a variety of outstanding national scholars and professionals who are exceptional examples in their field. Post is the first lecturer of the 2007-2008 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
For more information, please visit the Seaver College Dean's Web site or call (310) 506-4280.