The Righteous Mind

08.30.2013 | Culture and Society, Catholic, Campus and Community

The University of Dayton will kick off its 2013-14 Speaker Series with a talk by Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist and expert on human nature.

Haidt's talk, "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion," is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Kennedy Union ballroom. A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences, the lecture will address the struggle between modern-day conservatives and liberals. Haidt will show that the most important difference between these two groups is not their views on political issues, but their understanding of morality.

"The talk will lead people to consider the source of the beliefs they hold and oppose — ultimately toward a better understanding of themselves, their friends, their world and what it means to be human," said Jack Bauer, psychology professor and Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences.

Haidt received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. His work focuses on how morality and emotion vary across cultures. His book The Righteous Mind debuted at #6 on The New York Times' Hardcover Nonfiction Best-seller List. He is also the author of The Happiness Hypothesis and Flourishing

The 2013-14 Speaker Series is centered around a common theme: "Human Rights: A Global Challenge." The series aims to engage the university students, faculty, staff and community in different cultural, political and religious perspectives and dialogue. For more information on the Speaker Series, see the related link. 

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