Steven Pinker Presents on Writing in the 21st Century

Written by Laura Paskin
August 14, 2014

Harvard Psychology Professor Steven Pinker comes to campus to discuss his new book, The Sense of Style, on October 6, 2014. Pinker is one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. His research has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution, the American Psychological Association, and the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

“Pinker is a leading authority on the psychology behind the writing process,” said Creative Writing Professor Susan Meyers. “He applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.

Pinker uses wit and his gift for making difficult ideas accessible to a wide audience to show readers how good writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical insight, and an ability to enjoy and reverse-engineer the good prose of others.

Pinker has been named Humanist of the Year, Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today,” and Foreign Policy “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals.” He has written for The New York Times, Time, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and other publications on consciousness, genomics, morality, war and peace, and language.

Pinker presents “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Wyckoff  Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

The English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences offers  B.A. degrees in literature, creative writing, and film studies and a minor degree in writing studies.