Day Two

Friday, October 13th

8:30 – 9:15 AM

Memorial Church

Morning Coffee

Stop by for a cup of coffee or tea and an opportunity to connect with other attendees, discuss goals for the remainder of the conference, and prepare for an invigorating and enriching day of learning and collaboration. 

Concurrent Sessions

9:30 – 10:50 AM

Early Relational Health: Forming the Roots of Connected Communities

Sever Hall

Creating Connection in Community Spaces

Memorial Church

Civic Life and Participation

Smith Campus Center Conference Suite

11:00 AM

Memorial Church

Connecting in a Disconnected World: Where do we go from here?

Join Simone Heng, Human Connection Specialist and Author of “Let’s Talk About Loneliness” for this discussion about the changing way we connect as a society.

11:05 AM

Memorial Church

Keynote Remarks

iGen: Social Connection and Loneliness Among the Smartphone Generation

12:00 – 1:15 PM

Faculty Club

Programmed Lunch

Too often, as leaders in the field, we spend our time talking about connection without actually experiencing it. In doing so, we miss a critical opportunity to forge deeper relationships with other potential allies and co-conspirators whose names we’ve known only in passing, and to hone the very same muscles we ask others to exercise. Join us for a lunch-time conversation hosted by The People’s Supper, and the chance to step beyond our CVs and share the stories make us who we are.

Concurrent Sessions

1:30 – 2:40 PM

Economic Prosperity and Social Connection

Sever Hall 214

Adolescents and Young Adults: Responding to the Social Disconnection Crisis

Memorial Church

Coming Home: Learnings from Two Decades of Promoting Veterans’ Connection and Belonging

Smith Campus Center Conference Suite

3:00 PM

Memorial Church

Fireside Chat with Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D.

Concurrent Sessions

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Religious and Spiritual Engagement

Sever Hall

The Promise and Peril of Digital Technology

Smith Campus Center Conference Suite

Loneliness, Isolation, and Aging

Memorial Church

5:30 – 6:10 PM

Memorial Church

Evening Keynote

*Remarks will be Pre-Recorded*

7:30 PM

Evening Reception: The Arts and Connection

Join us for an evening reception at Harvard Art Museums.  Our theme for the evening will be how the arts can serve as a bridge for connection.

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks, time to connect and reflect, and, for the first hour, access to the first floor of Harvard Art Museums’ exquisite collection. We’ll hear remarks from Sunil Ilengar and Jeremy Nobel and a performance from jazz and contemporary vocalist Farayi Malek. 

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