Renowned Cognitive Scientist and Author Steven Pinker to Lecture at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 12, 2018—One of the world’s leading cognitive scientists and author of the new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (February 2018), Steven Pinker will speak at Williams College on Thursday, September 20. His talk will be held in Chapin Hall from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. A book signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Pinker’s talk, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress,” will offer a rare, big-picture look at the course of human history. Known for his verve, his wit, and his profound ideas, Pinker helps non-specialists understand the science behind human thought and action, translating his groundbreaking research into articles and books that are accessible to the general reader. With persuasive evidence, Pinker boldly states that, despite fearmongering, confusion, and political upheaval, things are indeed getting better around the globe, and for us all—and we owe our state of peace, health, and happiness to the steady principles of the Enlightenment.

Pinker grew up in Montreal and earned his B.A. from McGill and his Ph.D. from Harvard. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books, including The Language InstinctHow the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for The New York TimesThe Guardian, and other publications.

This event is sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Sterling Fund and the Gaudino Fund.


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