2017 Capstone Conference
August 4 - 6, 2017

Open To The Public

Join us at our Capstone Conference for 50+ presentations on how life can be enhanced. We are 36 experts in humanities, social sciences, and religious studies who have been working collaboratively on this topic for two years.

Conference Packet

Schedule of Events

Events To Be Held At The Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago IL

Click on individual boxes below for more information on each session

Additional Information

We welcome active audience participation throughout our conference. We are especially interested in getting your written comments and questions in preparation for our Closing Panel on Sunday afternoon. Please send them to enhancinglifeproject@gmail.com.

We have partnered with the InterContinental Chicago Hotel. Please email Sara Bigger at sfbigger@uchicago.edu for a link to discount accommodations pricing, if desired. To receive the discount, reservations must be made by July 7.

Book sales at the Capstone Conference will be offered by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.

Continuing education credit will be granted by the Graham School of the University of Chicago. If you would like this credit, please contact Sara Bigger at sfbigger@uchicago.edu, sending her the name and address where to send the letter.

When you buy your ticket through EventBrite, you will be given the option of buying a discounted box lunch for Saturday. We hope you will do so, and join in great conversation with our speakers and other audience members.


Click on individual speakers below for more information on both their Research Presentation and Research Laboratory, including when they will be featured at the Capstone Conference.

Residency Videos

In the summers of 2015 and 2016, Enhancing Life Scholars spent two weeks together in Banff and Berlin, at residency seminars designed to facilitate collaborative research as well as individual work time. The videos filmed there provide a great overview of the project and its public relevance. Check them out to get a sense of what our Capstone Conference will present!

Presented By:

  • University of Chicago
  • Ruhr Universitat Bochum
  • John Templeton Foundation