Steven Pinker Presents ‘A History of Violence’

Mass shootings, genocide, terrorism, warfare. Those are just a few of the reports that stream across our newsfeeds, television screens and that appear in newspaper and magazine headlines. With the endless bombardment of bad news, we are led to believe that mankind is imploding in a storm of violence.

But, according to New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker, we might be living in the most peaceful time in human history. Pinker, a Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, who has also taught at Stanford and MIT, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was named among Newsweek’s “100 Americans for the Next Century,” will present “A History of Violence,” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center.

Sponsored by Eastern Washington University and the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation Lecture Series, Pinker’s discussion focuses on six major declines in violence, their immediate historical causes and their ultimate causes in relation to human nature and the rise from hunter-gathers and tribal society to modern society and statism.

Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, Pinker is considered a brilliant speaker and is highly respected in scientific circles. He translates his groundbreaking research into articles and books that are accessible to the general reader. Pinker’s books include The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined, which garnered a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year award, The Blank Slate and How The Mind Works, both bestsellers, and both finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Tickets are $7, available at or 1.800.325.SEAT. Admission is free for EWU students with an Eagle Card ID, and tickets are available at the following campus outlets:

  • CSBSSW, Senior Hall 121
  • CBPA, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Rm 310
  • CALE, Martin Hall 213
  • CSHE, Communications Building 138
  • Marketing and Communications, Showalter Hall 300
  • University Advancement, Hargreaves Hall 102
  • Day of performance from 4:00 pm to show time: Show Eagle Card ID at INB Performing Arts Center box office.