Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker: A History of Violence, Nov. 14, 2013

The EWU President's Forum for Critical Thought is a lecture series presented by the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation.

A History of Violence

November 14, 2013
1:30 p.m., Hargreaves Hall, Walter and Myrtle Powers Reading Room, EWU
7 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center, Spokane

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.

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