Yale University


Comparative Literature Library, in the tower of Bingham Hall

Christine Hayes, PhD, Robert F. and Patricia R. Weis Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University,
one of the foremost American academics on classical Judaica, and author of ‘What’s Divine About Divine Law: Early Perspectives’
discussed how the collision of two concepts of divine law, of Ancient Greece and Ancient Near East,
created a cognitive dissonance the West has been grappling since.


At the Yale Sterling Law Building, Bruce Ackerman, PhD, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University,
a leading contemporary US legal thinker, and author of eighteen books
that have had a broad influence in political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy, including ‘We the People’,
discussed his current research ‘Three Paths to Constitutionalism - and the Crisis of the European Union, and constitutional issues of the United States.


At Sheffield-Sterling-Stathcona Hall, Paul Bloom, PhD, Brooks & Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science, Yale University,
author of ‘Just Babies - The Origin of Good and Evil’ discussed morality, empathy, pleasure, origins of good and evil.
Paul also led members to his baby lab to see how research tests were conducted.

Heather Berlin and Rita J. King


At Science House, Heather Berlin, PhD, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital,
and host of Discovery Channel ‘Superhuman Showdown’ and PBS ‘Science Goes to the Movies’
discussed the neuroscience of genius, creativity, and improvisation.


At Science House, Rita J. King, co-director of Science House, an artist, futurist,
a Salzburg Global Fellow with a focus on art, science, and culture,
and a LinkedIn Influencer with a million and a half readers, discussed culture and imagination.


At Christies, Rockefeller Center, Han-I Wang a postwar and contemporary art specialist at Christies,
who is head of First Open Sales, discussed the Spring Post War and
Contemporary Pre Sale Art Exhibition that will be on view in preparation for the auction.


Stuart Firestein, PhD, chair of the department of biological sciences and a professor of neuroscience at Columbia University,
and author of the books ‘Ignorance’ and ‘Failure’, led a conversation about ignorance, failure, and reality.

The discussion was hosted at the home/studio of friend and artist Will Cotton,
best known for his Surrealist paintings and sculptures of candy and pastry with muses. His art is exhibited at Mary Boone Gallery.

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