We the People of Exeter Film and Lecture Series and Phillips Exeter Academy will host New York Times best-selling author Greg Lukianoff speaking on his book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 7 PM at the Phillips Exeter Academy Assembly Hall, Front Street, Exeter. A graduate of American University and Stanford Law School, Greg’s focus is on the First Amendment and constitutional law. He has testified before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives about free speech issues on America’s college campuses.
In The Coddling of the American Mind, Mr. Lukianoff, the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and co-author Jonathan Haidt, address the recent rash of protests on college campuses and elsewhere that seek to shutdown honest debate based on a retreat into “safetyism.” They argue that “in the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like.” They believe capitulating to requests to banish certain ideas from classrooms and campus events would likely increase student anxiety and depression, rather than ameliorate it. In their book, Lukianoff and Haidt seek out the origins of what they describe as a dangerous and self-defeating trend.
The talk is presented by We the People, a free lecture and film series exploring issues at the intersection of current events, ethics and religion. We the People is co-sponsored by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist churches of Exeter, in association with Phillips Exeter Academy and Water Street Bookstore. The talk will be held at the Phillips Exeter Academy Assembly Hall, Front Street, Exeter, NH. The Assembly Hall is handicapped accessible.
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