Matt Motyl is the Co-Director of CivilPolitics.org with Dr. Jonathan Haidt at The University of Virginia. CivilPolitics.org is a project that seeks to find and promote evidence-based methods for increasing political civility. His field of study is the basic cognitive processes and complex existential motivations underlying group conflict.
Slate: Is Obama the Antichrist? Why we believe propaganda. Read it HERE.
Chicago Tribune: Studies of racial prejudice grapple with the Obama Factor (great article on studies done by our panelist Dr. Ashby Plant). Read it HERE.
The New York Times: Would you slap your father? If so, you're a liberal. Read it HERE .
The Wall Street Journal: What Tea Partiers Really Want by Jonathan Haidt HERE .
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Left to Right: Vita Bakker, Dr. Ashby Plant, Matt Motyl, Richard Albertson.
Did you know that highly partisan people don't see shades of gray? We mean literally: The color gray. Next we turn our examination of "The Divided States of America" inward to ask how human psychology contributes to today's divisive political climate. As co-director of CivilPolitics.org, Matt Motyl is devoted to finding evidence-based methods for increasing political civility. Their work, cited in media across America including The New York Times, focuses on what happens to people when you activate the psychology of good-versus-evil: "Compromise becomes far more difficult; reasoning becomes far less responsive to facts; and combatants begin to believe that the ends justify the means. When that happens, partisans are more willing to break laws, play dirty tricks, lie, and ruin the personal lives of their opponents -- all in the service of what they think is a good cause." Their studies on moral psychology have yielded fascinating results about the differences in moral reasoning between liberals and conservatives that create strong differences in how we address our political world. You'll hear about the cutting edge research that explains a lot about the mess we seem to have found ourselves in followed by a spirited (but civil) panel discussion between people from across the political, moral and it looks like maybe the psychological divide.
Watch the panel discussion featuring Dr. Ashby Plant, Richard Albertson and Matt Motyl HERE .
The Psychology of Polarization and Demonization
Tuesday, April 5 2011
The Challenger Center, Kleman Plaza
(optional discussion with featured guest until 8:30pm)
Tickets are $25.00 through Wednesday March 30 and $35.00 after
Please note: There are far fewer seats available for this dinner at Challenger Center than at our normal venue. Please buy yours early. Also please note that we'll be eating while we socialize. If you'd prefer to sit, you may find your seat in the theater where there are flip desks.
Dinner is a tapas menu.
Roast Beef Tenderloin on Dinner Rolls with Horseradish Sauce
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with grilled red onion aioli (without prosciutto for vegetarians)
Turkey, Brie, Raspberry with field greens on croissant (Brie, Raspberry for vegetarians)
Sesame Chicken Bites with Sweet Thai Dipping Sauce
Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip with Tortilla Chips (vegetarian)
Pesto Pasta Salad (vegetarian)
Desserts provided by St. John's:
Lemon Mardi Gras Squares
Double Frosted Bourbon Brownies
Mozaik will also provide a cash bar for beer and wine.