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ISSC Summer 2014 Reading Assignment

Summer Reading Assignment 2014 for ALL First-Year Undergraduate Students

This summer, all first-year international undergraduate students entering UMass Dartmouth in Fall 2014 will be expected to read The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion by Jonathan Haidt.  This book will be discussed during New-Student September Orientation for 2014, and in all first-year English classes.  The September Orientation will take place after International Student Orientation and is scheduled from Sunday, August 31, through Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Please review these two resources for the assignment:

Reader's Study Guide

Summer Reading Blog


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.


 Updated 7/31/2014