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US social psychologist Jonathan Haidt (SHS '81) reveals why we're living in an 'age of outrage'

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has no time for attitude.

The best-selling author and NYU Ethical Leadership professor is taking a stand against those who wield their outrage like a weapon in a society fuelled by social media.

He's been named as one of the 25 most influential psychologists in the world, and Haidt is not afraid to confront, challenge or offend his audiences. 

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Today in History: Gordon Gould (SHS '37)

Today in 1920 Gordon Gould invented the laser (d. 2005)

 

 

 

 

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"The Astronaut: Between Two Worlds" A Documentary Featuring Jeffrey Hoffman (SHS '62)

What gives space such a permanent hold on the American psyche? And what does it mean to have visited an environment so alien and awe-inspiring, knowing you will never return? As PBS celebrates the Summer of Space and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, WGBH brings you a short documentary featuring Jeff Hoffman, an astronaut and MIT professor, who has made five space flights including the first mission to repair the Hubble Telescope.

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Michael Roth (SHS '07) to play at the Luzerne Music Center

Henry David Thoreau, bard of the wild and a man who heard music in everything, wrote about both with rapture. "Music is perpetual," he opined. "We need the tonic of wildness," he observed. Thoreau never set foot at the Luzerne Music Center, having died 118 years before its founding in 1980 — an unfortunate misalignment of history. But to hear Elizabeth Pitcairn talk about the camp she heads is to hear echoes of Thoreauvian wisdom, drawing out an idyllic hub in the woods that stages world-class music with a sylvan backdrop.

On the program are works by Schubert (Impromptu for piano in C minor Op. 90, No. 1), Bach (Double Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra) and Schubert (Piano Quintet in E-flat Major Op. 44). Among the musicians slated to perform are violinist and City Ballet concertmaster Arturo Delmoni, violist Michael Roth and cellist Sarah Hewitt-Roth — joined by pianist Glen Inanga and Pitcairn herself, a globally concertizing soloist who plays the famed Stradivarius also known as the "Red Violin" when she isn't running Luzerne as president and artistic director.

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Playwright Eve Ensler (SHS 1971) Is Recruiting Creatives for an ‘Artistic Uprising’ Against Immigrant Detention at the El Paso Border

Next week, many in the US will crowd around backyard BBQs or lay back in lawn chairs lit up by gaudy firework displays—all in the name of celebrating America. At a time when what it means to be an American is being bitterly contested, however, playwright Eve Ensler is planning on marking the 4th of July weekend in a very different way. She is calling on artists of all types to join an “Artistic Uprising” in El Paso in protest of the inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers.

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Urban economist Matthew Kahn (SHS 1984) to lead Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative

As an urban economist, Matthew E. Kahn has found a way to blend two of his abiding passions: cities and data. For the past two decades, he's been a leading investigator of the causes and consequences of urban economic growth, whether in Chinese metropolises or Rust Belt cities.

"Cities fascinate me because the majority of people around the world now live in them, and they're our centers for social interaction, learning, and trading with each other," Kahn says. "But economists have long noted the challenges of high-density living—congestion, crime, and pollution—so to maximize the benefits of urbanization, we need to mitigate those quality-of-life challenges."

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Interview with Eshy Gazit – Manager of K-Pop Stars

Eshy Gazit of Maverick Management, is a leading expert in the music industry and has worked as an A&R talent scout, a manager for a number of leading bands, including the K-Pop sensations BTS and Monsta X, a marketing specialist, and a music tech. His current clients include Monsta X, Tiffany Young, and Marcus and Martinus.

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Jonathan Haidt (SHS 1981) discusses Charlottesville, pluralism, polarization, negative partisanship, and the moral choice in 2020

Jonathan Haidt, NYU professor of ethical leadership, discusses Charlottesville, pluralism, polarization, negative partisanship, and the moral choice in 2020.

 

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Williamstown Theatre Fest Announces Special Events Featuring Tovah Feldshuh

The 2019 season will also include a special reading of The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen, directed by Pam Berlin, and starring 7-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and 2-time Emmy and 4-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh(Golda's Balcony). It will be followed by a talkback with the playwright and cast, as well as Williams College professor and author of Living with Hate in American Politics and Religion, Jeffrey Israel.

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NPR Political Correspondent Mara Liasson (SHS 1973) to Speak at WRKF Luncheon

Baton Rouge’s NPR News station, announced today that NPR political correspondent Mara Liasson will speak at the station’s fifth annual Founders Luncheon Sept. 13 at 12:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC, focusing on the White House and Congress; and political trends beyond the Beltway. She has reported on seven presidential elections since 1992. Liasson's reports are heard regularly on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on WRKF.

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