Press discusses 'Beautiful Souls,' college common reading

Eyal Press, author of "Beautiful Souls," discusses his book, which was the subject of the campus' common reading program at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Beaver Community Center Gymnasium at Penn State Berks. This presentation is free and open to the public.

In "Beautiful Souls," Press looks at the factors that cause ordinary people to behave ethically – to follow their conscience and defy authority and convention. He challenges and inspires audiences by probing vexing dilemmas that play out in everyday life. Drawing on groundbreaking research by neuroscientists and moral psychologists, Press provides concrete examples of some of history's most heroic acts of dissent, from World War II to the 2008 financial crisis. He unwraps the motivation behind following your conscience, and argues that the boldest breaches of conformity are often carried out not by radicals seeking to overthrow the system, but by true believers who cling with unusual fierceness to their convictions.

This presentation is part of the Arts and Lecture series. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 610-396-6076.

Last Updated August 21, 2013