The Future of American Politics: Understanding Political Polarization

Hackensack, NJ (August 26, 2014) — In a country that operates on a two-party political system, there tends to exist strongly opposing extremes. But what do these extremes really mean in terms of the political future of our country? What is the possible outcome of the tension between the extremes?

New York Times Bestselling Author and speaker of three TED Talks Jonathan Haidt will answer some of these questions this Fall at his lecture, “The Future of American Politics: Understanding Political Polarization, ” part of a series hosted by the New Jersey Public Policy Network. The series is co-sponsored by the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), the PublicMind, and the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE). The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on September 18, 2014 in Wilson Auditorium at FDU's Metropolitan Campus in Hackensack, NJ 

Come prepared with questions and be ready for an in-depth look at the structure of American politics, the implications for the future of our country’s political system, and how the tension between the polarized parties will contribute to a different America.

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Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His academic specialization is morality and the moral emotions. 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 of the “top world thinkers” by Prospect magazine. His three TED talks have been viewed more than 3 million times.

The NNJCF works to optimize quality of life for residents of northern New Jersey. The Foundation forges interactive relationships among community stakeholders that build mutual trust and understanding and encourages municipal cooperation.

For over a decade, the PublicMind, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s survey research center, has conducted many state and national public opinion polls on topics covering political and social attitudes. PublicMind also co-sponsors a lecture series entitled Politics on the PublicMind, providing a forum for journalists, policymakers, academics, and practitioners to share their thoughts and experiences with students, faculty, and members of the community in an informal and conversational setting.

ISE is a thought leadership and research hub for current and future leaders who are interested in a profitable, sustainable future for their organization and the world. The ISE helps our community members from business, government, nonprofit, and educational institutions solve complex problems in ways that create value and enhance economic, social and environmental vitality.

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