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Jonathan Haidt on "The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure"

11:00-11:59am check-in; 12:00pm sharp to 1:00pm book talk; 1:00-1:10pm book sale

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Date: Tuesday March 19, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Speaker(s): Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, Stern School of Business, NYU; Author, The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis and Co-Author, The Coddling of the American Mind; Fellow, Martin Prosperity Institute at Rotman
Topic: "The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure" (by J. Haidt and G. Lukianoff, Penguin, 2018)
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $37.00 plus HST per person (includes 1 hardcover copy of "The Coddling of the American Mind" and 1 seat for the book talk)
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Book Synopsis: Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen? First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures. Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life. Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. 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. They 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. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines.

About the speaker: Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at Stern School of Business, NYU . He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and then did post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago and in Orissa, India. He taught at the University of Virginia for 16 years before joining NYU. His research focuses on morality – its emotional foundations, cultural variations, and developmental course. Haidt’s earlier work focused on using moral psychology to bridge the political divide between left and right, and to increase political civility. Since joining the NYU-Stern School of Business, he has been exploring ways to use moral psychology to improve the ethical functioning of organizations (see Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006), and of the New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012). He was named one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and also by Prospect magazine. He is a co-author with Greg Lukianoff of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (2018). Their book was named a Financial Times “Book of the Year” for 2018 and one of The New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2018”. | Daniel Ellul | (416) 978-6119

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