Social psychologist Chris Martin talks about viewpoint diversity, civility, polarization, truth, ideology, pedagogy, and constructive disagreement with Alice Dreger, Jon Haidt, Cristine Legare, Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and other leading academics.
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Guests: Greg Lukianoff is the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Jonathan Haidt is a professor of social psychology at NYU Stern and board chair of Heterodox Academy.
Guest: Jason Stanley is a professor of philosophy at Yale University. His recent work focuses on populism and politics.
Guest: Robert Quinn is the Executive Director of the Scholars at Risk Network, which helps protect and relocate academics whose freedom and security are threatened in their home countries.
Guest: Jessica Good is a social psychologist at Davidson College. Her research focuses on stereotyping and discrimination.
Guest: Rick Mehta is a professor of psychology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. His research focuses on the mechanisms involved in decision making.
Guest: Fabio Rojas is a sociology professor at Indiana University Bloomington and the author of From Black Power to Black Studies: How a Radical Social Movement Became an Academic Discipline and Theory for the Working Sociologist.
Guest: Robert Wright, former senior editor at The New Republic, co-founder of Blogging Heads TV, and host of The Wright Show. He’s also the author of several bestselling books on evolution and society. His latest book is Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.
Guest: Heather Heying, alongside her husband Bret Weinstein, formerly taught at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After some highly publicized protests in the middle of 2017, both Heather and Bret left the college. Heather now describes herself as a professor in exile.
Guest: John Inazu, professor of law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis and a member of Heterodox Academy. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms—specifically speech, assembly, and religion. His first book is about freedom of assembly. His second book, which we discuss, is Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. It was published in 2016 and a paperback edition with a new introduction comes out this year.
Guest: Arthur Sakamoto, professor of sociology at Texas A&M. In this episode, he discusses three myths and the conventional wisdom surrounding Asian Americans.
This is Professor Sakamoto’s second appearance on Half Hour of Heterodoxy (see episode #14).
Guests: Caroline Mehl and Raffi Grinberg, project director and innovation director (respectively) of the OpenMind Platform, an interactive tool to help individuals learn perspective taking and intellectual humility using principles from psychology.
Guest: Richard Reeves, social and political commentator and he has written for the several newspapers and magazines in the US and the UK including the Guardian and The Atlantic. He has also written a biography of John Stuart Mill, John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand. Between 2010 and 2012, Richard was director of strategy to the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. He has also served as director of Demos, the London-based political think-tank. He is currently a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brooking Institution in Washington DC.
Guest: David Frum, senior editor at the Atlantic Magazine and a frequent contributor at MSNBC. He is a former speechwriter for George W. Bush. In this episode, he discusses his newest book Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic.
#21: Musa Al-Gharbi on Social Research and Campus Climate
Guest: Musa Al-Gharbi, Research Associate at Heterodox Academy and a PhD student in sociology at Columbia University. The topics of his research include terrorism, extremism, war, antiracism, and, more recently, U.S. political elections.
Guest: Debra Mashek, Executive Director of Heterodox Academy. She is currently professor of psychology at Harvey Mudd College, but will be leaving that position to serve full time as executive director. This episode focuses on her career and her three priorities for HxA in 2018.
Guest: Frank Lechner, professor of sociology at Emory University. He did his undergraduate work in sociology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and then moved to the U.S. for his PhD. He’s the author of four books and two edited volumes—his most recent book is The American Exception, a book about American exceptionalism that covers several aspects of American life including religion, law, sports, and media.
Guest: Jennifer Earl, professor of sociology and a professor of government and public policy at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and the sociology of law.
#17: An Interview with John McWhorter [available as transcript only]
Guest: John McWhorter, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history. He is the author of a number of books on language and on race relations.
Guest: Cristine Legare, associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas-Austin and executive board member of Heterodox Academy. The episode covers two teaching issues: how to teach a politically and religiously diverse student body, and how to approach controversial issues.
Guest: Alice Dreger, historian of medicine and science, sex researcher, and an advocate of academic freedom. She is the author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice.
Guest: Arthur Sakamoto, professor of sociology at Texas A&M. He specializes in economic sociology and class inequality. He has published a number of papers on Asian Americans and their socioeconomic attainments, and Asian-American discrimination against in the labor market.
Guest: Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He hosts The Glenn Show at Bloggingheads.tv, where he has talked to John McWhorter, Rob Montz, Amy Wax, and others about campus politics and the censorship of unorthodox views.
Guest: Jon Haidt, co-founder of Heterodox Academy. He is a professor of business ethics at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006) and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012). His newest book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure is out July 2018.
Guest: Norm Ornstein, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has written and co-written a number of books about gridlock and partisanship in the American political system including The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (1995), The Broken Branch (2006), and It’s Even Worse Than It Looks (2012).
Guest: Scott Lilienfeld, professor of psychology at Emory University. His popular books include Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience and 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. Here, he talks about his 2016 article evaluating the psychological literature on microaggressions and his 2017 article about revoking the Goldwater rule.
Guest: Rick (Richard) Shweder, cultural anthropologist at University of Chicago’s Department of Comparative Human Development. He is author and editor of numerous books including Thinking Through Cultures: Expeditions in Cultural Psychology and Why Do Men Barbecue? Recipes for Cultural Psychology. His research examines the scopes and limits of pluralism, diversity and equality, and the multicultural challenge in Western liberal democracies.
Guest: Jacques Berlinerblau, professor and director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He talks about his book, Campus Confidential: How College Works or Doesn’t, for Professors, Parents, and Students (2017).
Guest: Lee Jussim, Professor of Social Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He conducts research on stereotypes and stereotype accuracy and blogs at Rabble Rouser.
Guest: Matt Grossman, Associate Professor of political science at Michigan State University and director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.
Guest: Cristine Legare, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas-Austin. She specializes in the study of culture, cultural learning, and cognition. She is a winner of the 2015 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions.
Guest: April Kelly-Woessner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies at Elizabethtown College. She specializes in public opinion, mass behavior, and political psychology. She is the co-editor of The Still Divided Academy: How Competing Visions of Power Politics and Diversity Complicate the Mission of Higher Education (2011).
Guest: Sam Abrams, Research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace; faculty fellow at Center for Advanced Social Science Research at NYU; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Guest: George Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas. He has published numerous books on anti-Christian bias within the academy and in the community at large. He has also written about a “mutual responsibility model” for addressing structural racism.
Guest: Jon Zimmerman, professor of history of education at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. In this interview, Jon talks about his book The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools (2017), which he co-authored with Emily Robertson of Syracuse University.