By now, you will have purchased a copy of Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.
We ask you to read it by August 15th–no harm in starting and posting earlier!–and to post to this blog at least twice before September 1st.
Here’s What Our Blog is About:
Starting on July 15th, our bloggers will be posting in response to the book–taking up the key terms and ideas of the chapters and offering some further considerations for you as readers.
We will also be posting:
- Questions and quotes from the book to get you thinking more deeply about Haidt’s key ideas and how they apply to real life situations or the sorts of things writers do in college.
- Thoughts about how you can apply ideas from the book to your own life, the world around you, or the choices you must make as a new college student.
- Suggestions on becoming a successful reader/writer/student in a college context.
- Some models of the sort of (usually academic) writing you’ll be asked to produce when you begin writing for classes this fall.
- A conversation.
Here’s What We’re Expecting:
- You must read the WHOLE book. . . The intro, chapters one through twelve, AND the conclusion.
- We suggest reading the book section by section, rather than power reading through multiple sections quickly. Read a section and give it a while to sink in.
- You post your thoughts, responses, and ideas about the book’s core concepts and key terms–be prepared to post TWICE before Sept 1st.
- You might even read and reply to your new classmates–a reply counts as a posting.
- You may even post questions if you are having a hard time with the ideas in the book or with the blog, in fact we encourage it.
- A thoughtful conversation that has some meaning to you as a new student at UMD.
- We ask you to follow typical “nettiquette” (no personal attacks or in appropriate topics/language).
And finally, we realize that politics and religion are often sensitive subjects and so we ask that you approach both your reading and writing on this blog with an open mind. Challenge yourself to follow Haidt’s advice about discussing issues with others where you might disagree by finding ” a few points of commonality” before you make your own point (371).
You may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org any time with questions, thoughts, and/or concerns.