New Chaplain’s Speaker Series
This Spring, the Office of Religious Life was give the charge to begin a new Chaplain’s Speaker Series that would being to Vanderbilt dynamic speakers once per semester to focus on Religious Life and spiritual identity on campus. With this goal in mind, The Office of Religious Life welcomed Pastor Rob Bell to campus as its first speaker. Speaking on his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, Bell’s talk was enthusiastically welcomed by an over capacity crowd.
With this new series, we have added a new page to our web site dedicated to this Speaker Series. There, you can view the video of the past speakers, as well as preview the one’s that are to come. September 9, 2013 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. View a video of Dr. Haidt speaking at a recent TED conference.