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This seminar, made up of theoreticians, researchers, and educators, examines the themes of ethics, moral education, and society in a genuinely interdisciplinary fashion, covering such topics as moral motivation, moral development, moral education, and moral theory. Membership is drawn from the fields of psychology, philosophy, sociology, education, political theory, and religion. The seminar provides a meeting ground for communication and support unique to the New York metropolitan region.

Dr. Elizabeth Cohn

Ronald Gross

Yuang Marcus Liu

Meeting Schedule

10/13/2022 Zoom
11:30 AM
THE POWER OF STRANGERS: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World
Joe Keohane, Independent Scholar


What if strangers—so often blamed for our most pressing political, social, and personal problems—are actually the solution?

In The Power of Strangers, Joe Keohane sets out on a journey to discover what happens when we bridge the distance between us and people we don’t know. He learns that while we’re wired to sometimes fear, distrust, and even hate strangers, people and societies that have learned to connect with strangers benefit immensely.

Digging into a growing body of cutting-edge research on the surprising social and psychological benefits that come from talking to strangers, Keohane finds that even passing interactions can enhance empathy, happiness, and cognitive development, ease loneliness and isolation, and root us in the world, deepening our sense of belonging.

All the while, Keohane gathers practical tips from experts on how to talk to strangers, and tries them out himself, in the wild, to awkward, entertaining, and frequently poignant effect.

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