The Jefferson Council Speaker Series: Jonathan Haidt


Thank you to everyone who participated in our event with Jonathan Haidt. You can watch his remarks from February 8, 2024 HERE.

Jonathan Haidt joins The Jefferson Council, the College Republicans at UVA, Heterodox at UVA, and the UVA Center for Politics at the University of Virginia!

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Nau Hall Auditorium, UVA

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend arriving early to ensure a seat. Ample signage will be provided within the building to guide you to the auditorium.

Walking Directions and Parking Information:

  • The event is a 10-minute walk from Central Grounds Garage located at 400 Emmet Street.
  • For the most accessible walking route, exit the Central Grounds Garage on the first floor and turn left on Emmet Street. Follow along Emmet Street and stay left to continue along Jefferson Park Avenue. Nau Hall will be located on your right. The entrance to the building is located under the underpass.
  • Nau Hall Auditorium is located on the first floor of Nau Hall. If you choose to walk through Grounds, you may need to take the elevator to the first floor of Nau Hall.

About Jonathan Haidt:

Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”) is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and taught for 16 years in the department of psychology at the University of Virginia

Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures––including the cultures of progressive, conservatives, and libertarians. His goal is to help people understand each other, live and work near each other, and even learn from each other despite their moral differences. Haidt has co-founded a variety of organizations and collaborations that apply moral and social psychology toward that end, including HeterodoxAcademy.orgThe Constructive Dialogue Institute, and

Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, and of The New York Times bestsellers The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, and  The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (co-authored with Greg Lukianoff). He has written more than 100 academic articles, which have been cited nearly 100,000 times. In 2019 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the world’s “Top 50 Thinkers.”  He has given four TED talks.

Since 2018 he has been studying the contributions of social media to the decline of teen mental health and the rise of political dysfunction. He is currently writing The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness, to be released in March 2024.

To read more about Jonathan Haidt, please visit his personal website here.