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The Haidt Report on Capitalism

Hey, who says that there is no ideological diversity at the College? The Political Economy Project addresses the world as it actually works all around you — as opposed to offering shibboleths and illusions of the kind that Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, a great many professors, and a lot of the media like to peddle. The Project regularly brings speakers to campus, but I’d say its most exciting thinker to come to Hanover so far is this Thursday’s guest: NYU social psychologist and award-winning teacher, Professor of Ethical Leadership Jonathan Haidt.

Haidt falls into the category of interdisciplinary, humanistic explorers — academics with exciting, unfettered minds — which would include people like Steven Pinker, and in a more popular vein, Malcolm Gladwell. Listen to them or read their work; thereafter it is tough to think about the world in the same way.

As a general matter, being around wickedly smart people makes you smarter. Students who miss opportunities to attend this kind of lecture are shortchanging themselves.

Haidt will be speaking on “Three Narratives of Capitalism” — the theme of his upcoming book — on Thursday, October 13 at 5 PM in Filene:

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Haidt is an engaging lecturer. This TED talk on the animating characteristics of conservative and liberals will give you a flavor of his style and the content of his work:

He also spoke to TED about man’s inherently spiritual nature:

Haidt also strives to show how the academy lacks intellectual diversity.

Addendum: Haidt has an H-index of 63 — that is, he has published 63 pieces of scholarship that have been cited at least 63 times by other scholars. Fourteen of his works have been cited more than a thousand times.

Addendum: PEP notes: “Today, the Political Economy Project sponsors a public lecture by Stanford classicist and political scientist Josiah Ober on the topic of his recent book, “The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece”. How prosperous were classical Athens and other Greek city-states compared to other civilizations and even by modern standards? What roles did trade, democracy, and federalism play in economic growth in the Greek city-state system? Ober’s book gives us new answers to these questions. The event takes place in Silsby 28 at 4:30 PM.”

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