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How can human beings live together in harmony? How do we forge laws, create economies, collaborate and bond and fall apart? The social science speakers here study the endless drama of the human experience—and offer fascinating insights into who we are, and how we get along.

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Jared Diamond

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse

Jared Diamond is a celebrity scientist, in the best sense of the term. The massive audiences at his talks emerge with a fresh outlook on the big questions. Why do some societies prosper while others d...

Eyal Press

Author of Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People

A thoughtful young writer on issues of morality and politics, Eyal Press is the author of Beautiful Souls, a revelatory study of moral courage. On stage, he looks at the surprising factors that cause ...

Susan Pinker

Psychologist and Author of The Village Effect and The Sexual Paradox

Psychologist and award-winning author Susan Pinker is a seasoned observer of modern communication and social contact. Whether writing on gender differences, as in The Sexual Paradox, or on why face-to...

Mitch Prinstein

Author of Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World

‘Popularity’—it’s not just a memory from high school. To Mitch Prinstein, it’s a key influencer of our success, relationships, and happiness today. In Popular, this leading psychologist unpacks the wa...

Maria Konnikova

Science Blogger for The New Yorker and Author of The Confidence Game

Maria Konnikova writes about human behavior, science, and psychology, most notably for her weekly New Yorker blog. In her bestseller, Mastermind, she offers advice for improving methods of deduction a...

Eric Klinenberg

Co-Author of NYT Bestseller Modern Romance with Aziz Ansari, Author of Going Solo

Eric Klinenberg is a social scientist who sheds light on massive demographic, social, and environmental transformations. In Heat Wave, he takes a look at the future of cities in the age of climate cha...

Aaron M. Glazer & Zoe Fraade-Blanar

Authors of Superfandom: How Our Obsessions Are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are

Welcome to the “fandom-based economy”—where today’s most passionate fans drive, engage with, and create communities around top brands. In other words, they’re the people who’ll make or break your comp...

Jennifer Jacquet

Author of Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool

How can shame lead to social change? Jennifer Jacquet is the author of Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool, which explores the social nature of shame—how it can be used to promote large-scale...

Rich Benjamin

Author of Searching for Whitopia

Even under the Trump presidency, America is more diverse than ever. And yet our neighborhoods don’t reflect this fact, divided as they are. To investigate the discrepancy, Rich Benjamin embarked on a ...

Jessica Carbino

Tinder’s Sociologist | Expert in Online Behavior

What can online dating tell us about behavior? Ask Jessica Carbino. As Tinder’s Sociologist—and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2017—she offers an unparalleled look at relationships, tec...

David Livingstone Smith

Author of Less Than Human, Why We Lie, and The Most Dangerous Animal

One of the most acclaimed and far-reaching philosophers today, David Livingstone Smith draws universal truths from science and philosophy, applying them to the question of why humans—who are capable o...