Harvard Law’s Hanson to guest lecture at San Jacinto College

10.21.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez

Harvard Law Professor and author, Jon Hanson, will present a special guest lecture on Nov. 3, sponsored by the San Jacinto College South Campus Lyceum Committee.

Hanson is the Alfred Smart Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A graduate of Rice University and Yale Law School, he joined the faculty at Harvard Law School in 1992 and has since received numerous teaching awards. His innovative teaching and scholarship melds social psychology, social cognition, economics, history, and law. His scholarship includes the 2012 book “Ideology, Psychology, and Law,” and an ongoing project devoted to understanding the role of non-conscious motives in shaping political ideology, policy attitudes, and law. Hanson is the director of the Project on Law and Mind Sciences and co-director of the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  

Hanson’s lecture, “A Hundred Unseen Forces: The Hidden Roots of Inequality,” poses the questions, “Why has the vast majority of the population been left behind in a sea of inequality? And why is that happening even in the United States, where the economy has been growing and where fairness and the potential for upward mobility are supposedly highly valued?” Many partial explanations have been proposed, and Hanson will focus on one root cause that underlies most of those other explanations. His hypothesis is built on insights gleaned from social psychology and social cognition regarding how people tend to make sense of human behavior and social outcomes. Those commonsense constructions, he argues, are the crux of the inequality problem and just plain wrong.

Jon Hanson’s lecture, “A Hundred Unseen Forces: The Hidden Roots of Inequality,” will take place on Monday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m., in the Proscenium Theatre inside the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. The San Jacinto College South Campus is located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston.


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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