News from the John W. Kluge Center: A Book Talk With Jonathan Haidt

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A Book Talk With Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Coddling of the American Mind."

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 4:00pm, Members Room, Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC

Jonathan Haidt, a nationally-renowned social psychologist at New York University, teamed up with First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff to look at disturbing trends on college campuses and in society as a whole, including rising reports of self-censorship, anxiety, and depression. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. The authors also examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction. Kluge Center Director John Haskell will interview Dr. Haidt to examine the trends Haidt identifies in his new book and the larger implications they might hold for our current political culture. 

Book signing and reception to follow.