William Sullivan, Professor / BLA Curriculum Committee Chair Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois
Frances Kuo, Associate Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, College of ACES, University of Illinois
Host: Craig Cohen
Research in recent years has indicated a possible connection between people's health and well-being, and the environment around them. From elderly people tending to live longer when they live close to a park, to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder displaying fewer symptoms afer spending time in nature. And then there are people who live in urban settings, without trees and grass. Research has indicated they tend to be more violent and aggressive.
So is it as simple as the more trees around you, the healthier, more productive, and happier you are? Or do we just happen to seek out places to live and work that reflect the personalities we already have, so peaceful, socially engaged people seek out trees, while more aggressive, intense people naturally prefer a big city? Are there other factors at play? Just what is the connection between our environment and our ability to interact, learn, and live healthy?
Peter N. Stearns, Provost and University Professor, George Mason University
Host: David Inge
In the affluent, industrial societies of the world today, life is good. Most people live long lives, without fear of plague, famine or war. So why is there depression, anxiety, unfulfilled longing? In short, why has abundance not led to greater happiness? That’s the question we’ll take up with our guest, historian Peter Stearns. We’ll talk about some of the ideas in his book "Satisfaction Not Guaranteed." The book looks at the ways people in the past thought about progress, and asks whether we can be truly happy in the modern world.
This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 11 am
Ben Locke, Ph.D., Counseling and Clinical Psychology Associate Director, Clinical Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services; The Pennsylvania State University
Host: David Inge
On college campuses all across the country, the mental health of students is a growing concern. But what do we know about the national student population? How many students today experience depression, or anxiety? How many are taking medication? How well do schools respond to their needs? We’ll explore these and other questions with Ben Locke, from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at Penn State University.
College Student Mental Health, Current Trends and Research
With Ben Locke, Ph.D. (Counseling and Clinical Psychology Associate Director, Clinical Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services; Executive Director: CCMH Affiliate Faculty, Counseling and Clinical Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University)
With Richard J. McNally, Ph.D. (Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University)
With Daniel J. Carlat, M.D. (Associate Clinical Professor, Tufts University; Lecturer; Writer Psychiatrist)
With Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D. (Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois)
With Ronald Pies, M.D. (Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical U. Syracuse NY Clinical Prof. of Psychiatry, Tufts USM, Boston Editor in Chief, Psychiatric Times.)
With Timothy A. Kelly, Ph.D. (Principal at the Max De Press Center for Leadership and Director of the DePree Center Pubic Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, California)
With Mark S. Micale, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of History and the History of Medicine, University of Illinois)