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The Chaplain’s Speaker Series

On Monday, September 9th, we will welcome Jonathan Haidt to Vanderbilt to be the second speaker for the new Chaplain’s Speaker Series. Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”) is a social psychologist at the NYU Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and spent most of his career (1995-2011) at the University of Virginia. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures. In recent years he has examined the moral cultures of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians. Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis, and of the New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.

We will welcome Dr. Haidt to campus on Monday, September 9th at 7 p.m. in Benton Chapel. Dr. Haidt will give his presentation and then do a short question and answer period after. Following the presentation and Q&A, we will have a reception with a book signing by Dr. Haidt.

In addition, we will be hosting a second event with Dr. Haidt the following morning at the Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life. At 7:30 a.m., The Chaplain’s Series, in partnership with Vanderbilt Hillel and the Family of Abraham, will host Dr. Haidt for a small breakfast conversation to discuss his talk from the previous evening and what that message means to Vanderbilt and the Nashville community. This event is free of charge, just as the previous evening, and is open to all. With such great opportunities to engage with Dr. Haidt, everyone should be able to benefit much.