“Donald Trump’s inauguration heralds a new age of arrogance and says something sad and scary.” Read the full article here at the New York Times.
Month: January 2017
Get to Know Our Fellows: Four Questions with Ufuk Topkara
Ufuk Topkara is a residential research fellow with the Humanities Institute’s Humility and Conviction in Public Life Project
Get to Know Our Fellows: Four Questions with Louise Richardson-Self
Louise Richardson-Self is a residential research fellow with the Humanities Institute’s Humility and Conviction in Public Life Project
R-S: I hope that my research will achieve a few things: I hope that my research will help people to better understand the harms of (misogynistic) hate speech, and how to identify it. I hope that my research will build scholarship on social imaginaries, and that this concept might begin to find greater purchase in the public sphere as a means for thinking through issues of racism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, classism, and so forth. I also hope that my research will enable greater empathetic connections with victims of hate speech and target groups, and greater recognition of each individual’s own intersectional location in the world. Of course, I hope that politicians, activists, and the general public will read and be moved by my scholarship, since the point of thinking through the problem of hate speech is to begin to build real-world strategies for change.
January 24, 2017. The Public Discourse Project Seminar: Jordan Labouff
Date & Location: January 24, 2017, UCHI seminar room, Babbige 4th Floor.
Title: Humility and Helpfulness
Abstract: Dispositionally humble persons (i.e., people with characteristically low self-focus and a comfortably accurate perception of one’s strengths and limitations) may be more likely to sacrifice some of their limited resources to help others in need. In several experimental studies we find that dispositional humility predicts willingness to help someone in need – particularly in situations where social pressure to help is low. We will investigate several possible mechanisms by which humility may promote helpfulness, and explore mechanisms for promoting the development of humility and intellectual humility (e.g., education, perspective-taking exercises).