The Phil Lind Initiative: Jonathan Haidt

Thursday April 20, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Phil Lind Initiative: (Un)civil Discourse
Jonathan Haidt | April 20, 2023 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM (PT) | Frederic Wood Theatre

The United States is polarized like never before. Accompanied by a high degree of negative partisanship and the unchecked spread of misinformation, political violence and uncivil discourse—the use of language which is insulting, contemptuous, and which knowingly misattributes the motives of others—is on the rise. Disillusioned, many Americans wish to restore civility. But how can a civil culture be reimagined in the current era?

This series not only explores some of the major factors fueling the rancor and divisiveness in American politics, but crucially it asks how can citizens and leaders find common ground across a range of political issues that divide them?

The 2023 Phil Lind Initiative series continues on April 20 with Jonathan Haidt— New York Times bestselling author and social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business researching intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures. Read more here.

The Phil Lind Initiative is presented by UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the UBC Vancouver campus, with live streaming. Each event is open to the public and free to attend.