Summer Reading Assignment 2013 for ALL First-Year Undergraduate Students
This summer all first-year international undergraduate students entering UMass Dartmouth in Fall 2013 will be expected to read The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion by Jonathan Haidt. This book will be used in the New-Student September Orientation for 2013, and in all first-year English classes. The September Orientation will take place after International Student Orientation and is scheduled from Sunday, September 1, through Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion
As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.
Please use the resources below to help you purchase the book and to find support for reading and thinking about the book:
The Reader's Study Guide also contains a link to the Summer Reading Blog.
Amazon has the book in hard copy, paperback, audio, and Kindle (the Amazon e-reader) versions:
This page from Random House, the publisher of The Righteous Mind, has information on a variety of ebook formats and sources:
For more information about the Summer Reading Assignment or the First-Year English class, please contact Professor Annica Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Assistant Director of the First-Year English Program.
Please remember that this assignment does not apply to students from the following programs:
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Updated June 11, 2013