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Haidt's "The Righteous Mind" Selected for Fall Big Read Book Discussion

Wish you knew why good people can hold such wildly divergent political and religious beliefs? Want to get better at understanding people whose opinions differ from your own? Need to brush up on how to find common ground with neighbors and relatives – just in time for the holidays? Welcome to the Oakwood Inclusion Coalition’s Big Read book discussion of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.

This book discussion will be held online. Please join us for a single session: either Thursday, Nov. 11 at 2 pm, Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 pm, or Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 10 am.

Author Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist and professor at NYU, examines how morality is shaped more by emotion and intuition than by reasoning, and why differing political groups have different notions of right and wrong. Haidt cites as one of the motivations for writing his book a fear that our political divisions are hardening into mutual incomprehension and dysfunction. His mission aligns with the OIC’s mission to encourage people, in all their diversity, to strive toward better mutual understanding.

Several copies of The Righteous Mind are available on request at Wright Library’s checkout desk. Call and reserve one today! Dayton Metro Library has ebook versions immediately available.

To learn more about the book and its author, visit

Sign up for our book discussion online at, and bring a friend or two. Everyone is welcome – whether you’re a member of the OIC or not, we'll be glad to see you!


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