professor and author Jonathan Haidt to discuss free speech and the Academy during the President’s Lecture Series | Writing

Jonathan Haidt, professor of ethical leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of New York Times Bestseller The Right Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, will lead the next episode of the President’s Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Smothers Theater. One of the world’s foremost experts on the psychology of morality, Haidt will explore the subject of free speech and the academy. The event will also be accessible via Livestream for those unable to attend in person.

“At a time when the impact of our words has never been greater, Pepperdine University is pleased to welcome Jonathan Haidt for an important discussion on the topic of free speech and the academy,” said President Jim Gash. “I couldn’t be more excited to explore this fascinating topic with Professor Haidt and learn from him about the critical need to exchange ideas on a college campus.”

Haidt is a social psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His research examines the intuitive foundations of morality and how morality varies across cultures. Haidt’s goal is to help people understand each other, live and work close to each other, and even learn from each other despite their moral differences. He has co-founded various organizations and collaborations that apply moral and social psychology for this purpose, including,, and

Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom and New York Times bestsellers The Right Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion and The Pampering of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Set a Generation Up for Failure (co-written with Greg Lukianoff). He has also written over 100 academic articles and given four TED Talks. In 2019, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the world’s “Top 50 Thinkers”.

Since 2018, Haidt has studied the contributions of social media to declining adolescent mental health and rising political dysfunction. He is currently writing
Life after Babel: adapting to a world we can no longer share.

The President’s Lecture Series, which launched in January 2021, has featured prominent academics and thought leaders, including the Kinsey family, legal scholar Robert George, prominent philosophy scholar Cornel West and CEO of Moderna , Stéphane Bancel, representing diverse perspectives to examine the issues facing our communities. and the world today. Driven by a desire to connect deeply with the Pepperdine community and inspire meaningful dialogue in the pursuit of truth, the series provides opportunities to cultivate an engaged and passionate collective through civil discourse.

To learn more about the event and to register, visit the President’s Lecture Series website.

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