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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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Williams James Book Award Book Club

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

7pm EST / 4pm PST

Online via Zoom

Authors Jay Van Bavel & Dominic Packer will host a book club discussion with Div 1 members for the 2022 William James Book Award winner, The Power of Us. A “fascinating” (Charles Duhigg) and “must-read” (Annie Duke) “page-turning package” (Publishers Weekly starred review) for understanding identity and showing how our groups have a powerful influence on our feelings, beliefs, and behavior—and can inspire both personal change and social movements. Click the following link to buy the book:

Presented By:

Jay Van Bavel

Jay Van Bavel is a Professor of Psychology & Neural Science at New York University, an affiliate at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations, and Director of the Social Identity & Morality Lab. He is the co-author of The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities to Improve Performance, Increase Cooperation, and Promote Social Harmony. Prior to joining NYU, Jay completed his PhD at the University of Toronto and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Ohio State University.

Dominic Packer

Dominic Packer studies how social identities—people's conceptions of themselves grounded in the groups they belong to—influence conformity and dissent, intergroup relations, solidarity and social change, public health, and leadership. Currently, he is particularly interested in relationships between institutions and identities, and their implications for issues ranging from discrimination to privacy to behaving badly online.

In 2021, he published his first book with longtime collaborator (and grad school officemate), Jay Van Bavel. The Power of Us received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and a warm review in Science. They were awarded the William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association for the best book of 2021.