Wharton Center Hosts Steven Pinker

CREATED Oct 7, 2013

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EAST LANSING, Mich. ― Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. His latest work deals with how and why the level of violence and the risk of dying at the hand of another human being have declined over the span of history. On Monday, October 28, 2013, Steven Pinker will be speaking at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall as part of the World View Lecture Series. Tickets are $20.00 for the general public (free to MSU Faculty, staff and students) and are available at whartoncenter.com, the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office at Wharton Center, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

Pinker is a Harvard professor, and his research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the American Psychological Association. He has received seven honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate.

Pinker is also Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time and The New Republic. He has been named “Humanist of the Year” by the American Humanist Association, Prospect Magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

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