New York Times Best-selling Author Jonathan Haidt on America's Escalating Outrage: Why Is it Happening, What Does it Do to Colleges and How can We Reverse It?

On Nov. 9, New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Righteous Mind" and co-founder of Heterodox Academy, will visit Arizona State University to contribute to our discussion this year of free speech on campus in his presentation: America's Escalating Outrage: Why Is it Happening, What Does it Do to Colleges and How can We Reverse It?"

Haidt’s visit is the final event for this fall 2017 semester in the "Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education and American Society" series, sponsored by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and co-sponsored by the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at ASU.

The series continues Jan. 26, 2018, with a visit from Robby P. George (Princeton University) and Cornel West (Harvard University) for a dialogue about free speech.

Haidt is the Thomas Cooley professor of ethical leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is best known for his best-selling book, "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion." Haidt is a social psychologist whose research focuses on morality, its emotional foundations, cultural variations and developmental course. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1985 and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He taught at the University of Virginia from 1995 until 2011. 

Haidt is also working on increasing viewpoint diversity in higher education through the creation of Heterodox Academy, a new collaborative project centered around the recognition of a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged and errors can go unchallenged. To reverse this process, Haidt and a group of diverse scholars have come together to advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy.

Haidt is currently writing two books: "Misguided Minds," with Greg Lukianoff, and "Three Stories About Capitalism: The Moral Psychology of Economic Life."

The event is free and open to all students of the ASU community and the wider general public. Parking for $3 per hour is available in the Apache Boulevard Structure.

The event will be filmed by Arizona PBS. Please be aware that by attending the event, you consent to your voice, name and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in films and tapes in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, for eternity, and you release Arizona State University, its successors, assigns and licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature.

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School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Melissa Castle-Kirincic
Nov 9 2017 - 5:00pm
Student Pavilion, Senita Ballroom
Tempe campus