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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:
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.”
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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