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Saturday, March 14 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Tech & Purpose...With a Dung Beetle, Prof, & Rabbi

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A dung beetle, public health professor, and rabbi walk into a bar… and start talking about technology and purpose in life. Join Vic Strecher (professor and graphic novelist!) and Laura Baum (a rabbi!) to talk about the apps and other tech they use to help people find a reason to live.
Modern life makes little room for meaning and purpose. Can we create our own purpose? Can we use modern technology to find and monitor our purpose? Can we use science to study the effects? People with a strong purpose in life are at lower risk of heart attack, stroke, Alzheimers Disease, depression, obesity, and sleepless nights. They do better in substance abuse recovery and have better sex!
Vic and Laura take us on a journey through philosophy, psychology, epidemiology, and even Egyptology, where you’ll be introduced to a six-legged superhero with a unique relationship to a ball of excrement.

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Speakers
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Laura Baum

Rabbi & COO, OurJewishCommunity.org
Laura Baum is an accomplished innovator, speaker, and writer. Nationally renowned for her use of social media in engaging an online community, Laura is invited to speak at conferences from Jerusalem to Las Vegas. As the chief creative force, chief strategic thinker, chief doer (and... Read More →
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Vic Strecher

Professor, University of Michigan
Vic Strecher is Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In 1995, he founded the University of Michigan’s Center for Health Communications Research, a collaborative research-focused organization of health... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 201-202 110 E 2nd St