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Positive Psychologist to Speak at Fontbonne Commencement

Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an internationally recognized positive psychologist, researcher and writer, will serve as the guest speaker at Fontbonne University’s winter commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 18. Csikszentmihalyi, who proposed the positive psychology concept of flow experience, a mental state in which a person is fully immersed in the activity at hand, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony.

“Dr. Csikszentmihalyi’s address at our commencement ceremony will offer an insightful conclusion to our 2010 Dedicated Semester focused on happiness,” said Dr. Dennis Golden, president of Fontbonne. “His commitment to education and his compassion for others represent the heart of Fontbonne’s mission and vision, and we’re honored to welcome him.”

Born in Italy and deeply affected by the atrocities of World War II, Csikszentmihalyi sought effective ways to improve life, a quest leading him to psychology. After coming to the United States, Csikszentmihalyi earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago and eventually earned a doctorate in human development from the University of Chicago.

Csikszentmihalyi has taught at Lake Forest College, the University of Chicago and Claremont Graduate University. He is a sought-after speaker, a prolific writer and researcher, and the published author of hundreds of articles, essays and books.

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