Pinker lecture set for Sept. 28

Steven Pinker, a best-selling author and scientist, will deliver the 2012 Colgate Darden Lecture on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the David J. Prior Convocation Center at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Pinker will discuss his latest book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.”  The event is free and open to the public. The book was named one of the 100 most notable books of 2011 by The New York Times.

Pinker is the Johnston Professor of Psychology at Harvard and has also taught at Stanford and MIT.  One of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, Pinker translates groundbreaking research into writing that is accessible to the general reader. 

His other works include “The Blank Slate” and “How The Mind Works,” both bestsellers and finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.  Pinker’s acclaimed work on language includes “The Language Instinct,” “Words and Rules” and “The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature.“   

Pinker has won a number of teaching prizes and was named among Newsweek’s “100 Americans for the Next Century.”  His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has received numerous awards, including the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences.