"Building Character at Yale: Mentoring the next generation of Faculty"

The YRT Team announces the next Faculty Roundtable at Yale to be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  The topic will be presented by Christian Miller.  He will provide context for the faculty participants to consider some of the challenges and implications of "moral character" research.  Yale Psychology's Molly Crockett will provide context as discussant for the topic.  Together they will ask if the lessons from this field can help us develop future generations of scholars who can overcome the deep social divisions of the post-2016 west.  Are we called simply to pass on the “guild skills” of teaching and researching to our graduate students and advisees, or should we also encourage the formation of moral leadership or moral virtues?

Christian B. Miller is A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University and Director of the Character Project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton World Charity Foundation. He is the author of over 85 papers as well as two academic monographs with Oxford University Press: Moral Character: An Empirical Theory (2013) and Character and Moral Psychology (2014). He has just published his first trade book, The Character Gap: How Good Are We? and has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Dallas Morning News, Aeon, and other publications. He is the editor or co-editor of Essays in the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press), Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology (Oxford University Press), and several other volumes.

Molly Crockett is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Prior to joining Yale, Dr Crockett was a University Lecturer in Experimental Psychology, Fellow of Jesus College, and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, University of Oxford. She holds a BSc in Neuroscience from UCLA and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and completed a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship with economists and neuroscientists at the University of Zurich and University College London. She was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2015 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. Dr Crockett’s lab investigates the psychological and neural mechanisms of morality, altruism and economic decision-making. Her research integrates perspectives from social psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and philosophy, and employs a range of methods including behavioral experiments, computational modeling, brain imaging, and pharmacology. She has published more than fifty articles on these topics in top academic journals including Science, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Human Behaviour, Neuron, PNAS, and Psychological Science. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, The Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Dr Crockett has written articles for The Guardian, The Globe & Mail, WIRED and Scientific American, and her TED talk (“Beware Neuro-bunk”) has more than a million views. Current interests include self-deception and moral hypocrisy; the development of trust in healthy people and psychiatric disorders; moral outrage and political polarization; and how technology transforms social emotions.





The Faculty Roundtable is sponsored by the Rivendell Institute at Yale University.