Week Seven :: Aug. 5–12

The Nature of Fear

Now more than ever, fear dominates us in ways we may not even be aware of — in politics, in advertising, in media. In this week, we grapple with recognizing fear and what it does to us.

  • What is the history of fear as a political tool and how effectively has it been used to shape our politics?
  • We examine fear’s effect on the brain and how fear has been shaped by evolution.
  • How and why does fear work in persuading, motivating and manipulating us?
  • We look at what it means to seek out that which scares us, from Grimm’s Fairy Tales and ghost stories to rollercoasters and haunted houses.

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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures

Events

  • Monday, August 07, 2017 | 10:45am

    Dan Ariely

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    James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University

    Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, where he holds appointments at the Fuqua School...

     

     



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  • Wednesday, August 09, 2017 | 10:45am

    Stella Rimington

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    Former director general, MI-5

    Dame Stella Rimington is the retired director general of the British Security Service (MI5).



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  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 10:45am

    Beau Willimon

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    Creator, Netflix’s “House of Cards”

    Beau Willimon is a screenwriter, playwright, producer and former political campaign staffer. The founder of Westward Productions, he is the creator of Netflix’s original series “House of Cards,” for which he served as showrunner for the first four seasons.



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