38th Annual Meeting of
The Association for Moral Education (AME)

Civility vs Incivility:
Respectful disagreement in a divided world


Kohlberg Memorial Lecture

Friday, November 9, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Moral psychology for the 21st century

(Abstract available in conference program)


Jonathan Haidt, the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at the New York University Stern School of Business, New York, New York, USA

Dr. Haidt will deliver the Kohlberg Memorial Lecture as well as participate in a formal discussion session with other members of AME.



Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership within the Business and Society Program at the New York University Stern School of Business. He received his B. A. from Yale University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He then did post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago and in Orissa, India. His research focuses on morality – its emotional foundations, cultural variations, and developmental course. He began his career studying the negative moral emotions, such as disgust, shame, and vengeance, but then moved on to the understudied positive moral emotions, such as admiration, awe, and moral elevation. This work got him involved with the field of positive psychology, in which he has been a leading researcher. He is the co-developer of Moral Foundations theory, and of the research site YourMorals.org. He uses his research to help people understand and respect the moral motives of their enemies (see CivilPolitics.org). He has won three teaching awards from the University of Virginia, and one from the governor of Virginia. He has spoken twice at the TED conference—once on politics, once on religion. He is the author of more than 80 academic articles and two books:  The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.





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