Steven Pinker, one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind and human nature, will present Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Clifford Fawl Psychology Lecture on Thursday, March 22.
His lecture, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress,” begins at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium.
Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His research on vision, language, and social relations has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has received numerous prizes for his books, “The Language Instinct,” “How the Mind Works,” “The Blank Slate,” and “The Better Angels of Our Nature.” His new book, “Enlightenment Now,” in a New York Times bestseller demonstrates that life, health, prosperity, safety and peace are on the rise.
Pinker has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect Magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time Magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.
His lecture is free and open to the public. O’Donnell Auditorium is located inside the Rogers Center for Fine Arts at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.
The Clifford Fawl Lecture honors the long-time professor and chair of Nebraska Wesleyan’s Psychology Department. The series brings in nationally-recognized speakers in the area of psychology.