5 speakers 15 minutes each
Thu 21st Mar 2019
Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications. His tenth book, is called Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.
Amol Rajan is the BBC’s Media Editor, the first person to hold this newly created post. He is also an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week and Any Answers and the One Show. He hosts the Media Show on BBC Radio 4. He has also appeared on shows Newsnight, Question Time, The Papers, This Week and Breakfast, Celebrity Mastermind and the Antiques Roadshow. Before joining the BBC Amol was Editor of the Independent newspaper, having worked there since 2007. Amol is a well-known restaurant critic and has been a guest on the judging panel of MasterChef. Amol’s first book, a history of cricket’s greatest spin-bowlers entitled Twirlymen, was published by Yellow Jersey Press (Random House). Amol was born in Calcutta, India, and was three years old when his family moved to England. He studied English at Downing College, Cambridge after spending his gap year at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.