Lovett C. Peters Lecture: Politics & Polarization on American Campuses

At colleges across America, the free exchange of ideas is in jeopardy. How did we arrive at this depressing level of polarization? Can we regain a shared civic vocabulary, mutual respect, and curiosity, which are essential to social health and a vibrant democracy? 2017 Honoree Dr. Jonathan Haidt is an American social psychologist and Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Haidt is the author of two books: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006) and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012), which became a New York Times bestseller. He was named one of the “top global thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine, and one […]

Lovett C. Peters Lecture: “Seeming Turmoil in a World of Progress” with Steven Pinker (Dec. 4th)

This event is free to Pioneer Institute members. To become joining Pioneer at the Membership level, please click here or contact Lauren Corvese ( or 617-723-2277 ext. 202. Terror, catastrophe, disease, war, and natural disaster—we all see these headlines daily. So often, one comes away feeling that the world is in crisis. There are, of course, crises and calamities that deserve our attention; but they should not blind us to the abundant empirical evidence of global progress. As a foremost public intellectual will demonstrate, the data in 2018 are clear: across most every measure and all parts of the world, people are living longer, healthier, happier, and more prosperous lives. To what should we attribute these tangible improvements in the […]

Rebuilding Our Institutions: Resisting Illiberalism & Unifying Americans

Hyatt Regency Boston One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA

Join us Wednesday, September 29th at 6:00 PM for Pioneer Institute's 2021 Lovett C. Peters Lecture and Annual Dinner, Rebuilding Our Institutions: Resisting Illiberalism & Unifying Americans, with Author & Journalist Bari Weiss