September 27, 2021
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Booktalk: The Coddling of the American Mind

March 2 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

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The Zoom link to attend will be sent to registered attendees on March 1st.

Come listen and discuss as a panel of FHSU faculty consider key concepts from Lukianoff and Haidt’s best-selling text: cancel culture, the First Amendment on college campuses, the three Great Untruths and how a culture of safetyism can stymie students’ ability to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.

Arvin Cruz, Ph.D.; Department Chair, Chemistry
Gina Smith, LCP, LMLP; Director of Health & Wellness, Kelly Center
Phillip Olt, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Advanced Education Programs
Rob Byer, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Description from inside book jacket:
“Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising- on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen? First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between the good people and the evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures. Embracing these untruths- and the resulting culture of safetyism- interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.”

Book details: (digital copies available for free via Forsyth)
Lukianoff, G. & Haidt, J. (2018). The Coddling of the American Mind. NY: Penguin Press. 
ISBN: 978-0-7352-2489-6

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