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First-Year Book Project

The Righteous Mind Book CoverThis summer, incoming first-year students will read The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. This book will be discussed at Fall Orientation and in all first-year English classes.

The Righteous Mind Reader's Study Guide (PDF)

Summer Reading Blog

You'll learn more about the First Year Book Project during June Orientation.

A review of The Righteous Mind, from www.amazon.com:

"As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haid 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."