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Scott Johnson

Nov. 26 2017

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of The Righteous Mind, among other books. He is also cofounder of Heterodox Academy and is a voice of sanity in the asylum of higher education. Steve Hayward wrote about him for us here.

On November 15 Professor Haidt gave the Manhattan Institute’s thirty-first annual Walter B. Wriston lecture (video below): “The Age of Outrage: What It’s Doing to Our Universities, and Our Country.” I’ve cued the video to begin with Professor Haidt’s lecture, which is preceded by Paul Singer’s introduction.



Professor Haidt covers a lot of ground in the lecture. You won’t agree with everything he has to say. I don’t. But this is an honest discussion of an important subject by a thoughtful scholar. Despite the pessimism expressed in the excerpt below, Professor Haidt itemizes optimistic notes in the last 10 minutes or so of his lecture.









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