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Watch: Religion and Social Cohesion

The fourth Righteous Mind symposium, held on March 5, 2013, centered on the topic of "Religion and Social Coehsion."  The panel was moderated by Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Richard Schuldenfrei and included Associate Professor of Religion Tariq al-Jamil, Claude Smith Professor Emeritus of Political Science James Kurth, and Swarthmore College President and Professor of Religion Rebecca Chopp.

The Righteous Mind events have been made possible with funding and administrative support from the Swarthmore College Institute for the Liberal Arts. The Institute aims to foster curricular, pedagogical, and scholarly innovation; to engage in generative thinking about the future of the liberal arts and higher education; and to facilitate conversations between liberal arts institutions and those who live liberal arts lives.

The Righteous Mind Symposium included these additional events

  • Watch: The Limits of Reason in Moral Thinking, with Associate Professor of Economics Amanda Bayer, Professor of History Timothy Burke, McDowell Professor of Philosophy Richard Eldridge, and Darwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Action Barry Schwartz.
  • Watch: Moral Differences between Liberals and Conservatives, with Associate Professor of Political Science Ben Berger, Associate Professor of Anthropology Farha Ghannam, Richter Professor of Political Science Carol Nackenoff and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Richard Schuldenfrei.
  • Watch: Morality and Evolution, with Professor of Psychology Frank Durgin, Assistant Professor of Biology Vince Formica, Senior Research Associate, Howard A. Schneiderman Professor Emeritus Developmental Biology Scott Gilbert, and Turner Professor of Philosophy Hans Oberdiek.
  • Watch: Religion and Social Cohesion, with Associate Professor of Religion Tariq al-Jamil, Swarthmore College President Rebecca Chopp, and Claude Smith Professor of Political Science James Kurth.
  • Watch: Why America Is So Polarized, and What We Can Do About It -- a lecture by Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Righteous Mind: How Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion."

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