Escaping the Echo Chamber: Overcoming Intolerance and Conformism in Academia
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
A Panel Discussion with John "Jay" Ellison, Dean of Students in The College, University of Chicago; John W. Etchemendy, Provost, Patrick Suppes Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University; Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, Stern School of Business, New York University; Jacqueline Rivers, Hutchins Fellow in the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard University; Moderated by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
John “Jay” Ellison is the Dean of Students in the College at the University of Chicago, a position he’s held since 2014. As Dean of Students, he oversees a large staff of professional academic advisers as well as administrators in College programming and academic support services. Previously, he was Associate Dean and Secretary of the Administrative Board at Harvard College, and taught in the Harvard College Freshman Seminars program. He began his career in emergency services, first as an Emergency Medical Technician and then as a Police Officer. He received his BA, Summa cum laude from Southeastern College (now Southeastern University), and his Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Ellison conducted doctoral dissertation research in the Arab Republic of Syria in 1997-1998 on a Fulbright fellowship. He earned both his MA and PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.
John Etchemendy recently stepped down as the longest-serving provost of Stanford University, holding that position from 2000-2017. He has been a professor of philosophy at Stanford University since 1983, prior to which he was on the faculty at Princeton University. He is the author or co-author of seven books and numerous articles in logic, and has been a co-editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic and on the editorial board of several other journals. He is a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation commission, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, and a member of the board of Infosys, Inc. He received his BA and MA from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his PhD in philosophy from Stanford University.
Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”) is a social psychologist at the NYU-Stern School of Business. At NYU-Stern, he is applying his research on moral psychology to business ethics, asking how companies can structure and run themselves in ways that will be resistant to ethical failures. His research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures–including the cultures of American progressive, conservatives, and libertarians. He is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis, and of The New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and spent most of his career at the University of Virginia.
Jacqueline C. Rivers is currently a Du Bois Fellow at the Hutchins Center of Harvard University. She is the Executive Director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies. She has presented at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, the American Enterprise Institute, the Vatican, the United Nations and in several other venues. Her latest publication appears in the volume Not Just Good but Beautiful. She has also published a chapter, written with Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson and published by Harvard University Press, in The Cultural Matrix. She received her PhD from Harvard University.