Welcome to the Summer Reading Blog for first year students at UMD!
Our summer reading is The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt (2012).
On July 15th, 2014, UMD Professors from across the disciplines will begin publishing posts about key concepts in the book here and asking for your responses to the book.
Until then, we ask you to get your own copy of The Righteous Mind, to take notes as you read, and to be ready to tell us what you think of the key concepts in the book.
To prime your interest, here’s a video of Jonathan Haidt talking about the book:
For those of you who are interested in who Jonathan Haidt is, his thoughts on The Righteous Mind, and his other works, please check out:
If you ramp up your “google-fu,” you will also find interviews w/ Haidt and reviews of his work (reviews provide great context for counter-arguments!)
Also, here’s a response to Haidt in The New York Times
How might these sources help you think about The Righteous Mind a bit differently?