Harvard Prof Steven Pinker on The Better Angels of Our Nature
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Author of a slew of best-sellers and an alumnus of Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people, Harvard professor Steven Pinker might just be the planet's leading expert on language and the mind. Now this noted linguist and cognitive scientist will discuss his latest book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century at the Oshman Family JCC. Are texts and tweets degrading standard English? Are etiquette, writing and grammar going out of style? Pinker will ponder these questions as well as discuss the challenges of crafting clear, coherent and stylish prose. Bask in illuminating commentary from one of the world's brightest minds during this special event sponsored by the Commonwealth Club. Learn More
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Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. Currently Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language 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 also received seven honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, _How the Mind Works, _and The Blank Slate. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for _The New York Times, Time, _and The New Republic. He 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.”
About the Ticket Supplier: Commonwealth Club
The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, presenting over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.
Founded in 1903, the Commonwealth Club has played host to a diverse and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to Erin Brockovich in 2001. Along the way, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates have all given landmark speeches at the Club.