Harvard Law’s Jon Hanson to lecture at South Campus Nov. 3

On behalf of the South Campus Lyceum Committee

Harvard Law’s Jon Hanson to lecture at South Campus Nov. 3

Harvard Law Professor and author, Jon Hanson, will present a special guest lecture on Monday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. in the South Campus Proscenium Theatre, inside the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center, sponsored by the San Jacinto College South Campus Lyceum Committee.

A graduate of Rice University and Yale Law School, he joined the faculty at Harvard Law School in 1992 and has since received numerous teaching awards. His innovative teaching and scholarship melds social psychology, social cognition, economics, history, and law.

Hanson’s lecture, “A Hundred Unseen Forces: The Hidden Roots of Inequality,” poses the questions, “Why has the vast majority of the population been left behind in a sea of inequality? And why is that happening even in the United States, where the economy has been growing and where fairness and the potential for upward mobility are supposedly highly valued?” Hanson will focus on one root cause that underlies most of those other explanations, with a hypothesis built on insights from social psychology and social cognition regarding how people tend to make sense of human behavior and social outcomes. Those commonsense constructions, he argues, are the crux of the inequality problem and just plain wrong.

Jon Hanson’s lecture, “A Hundred Unseen Forces: The Hidden Roots of Inequality,” is free and open to the public.

 

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