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Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Dacher Keltner, compassion researcher & psychology professor 

Presented as the F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture 

Topic: 21st Century Power: Principles, Practices, and Positive Social Change
Keltner will discuss the movement toward more collaborative and compassionate models of power and what can be done to promote positive social change.

Dacher Keltner standing outside with arms crossed.

About Dacher Keltner 
Dacher Keltner is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, renowned for his research on the science of compassion and awe. He is Director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab, and serves as the Faculty Director of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. His research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, as well as power, social class, and inequality.  

Keltner is the author of The Power Paradox, as well as the bestseller Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and The Compassionate Instinct. He has published over 190 scientific articles, including seminal works on the psychology of awe. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, and his research has been covered in TIME, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and the BBC as well as many other outlets.

Keltner was the scientific consultant for the Pixar film Inside Out, for which he helped revise the story emphasizing the neuropsychological findings that human emotions are mirrored in interpersonal relationships and can be significantly moderated by them. 

Keltner's keynote lecture will be available for the CWRU community to access for a limited time after the event. Single Sign-On will be required in order to view. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 5 p.m.

T. Morgan Dixoncofounder & CEO of GirlTrek

Presented in partnership with the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. 

Topic: “What Would Harriet Do? A Case Study on Movement Building.”
Dixon’s talk will center on the intersection of race and gender, entrepreneurship, public health, and how GirlTrek has brought communities together before and during the pandemic.

Photo of T. Morgan Dixon wearing a blue sweatshirt, standing in front of greenery

About T. Morgan Dixon 
T. Morgan Dixon co-leads GirlTrek, the largest public health movement for Black women in America. GirlTrek encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families and communities. The organization knits local advocacy together to lead a civil rights-inspired health movement to eliminate barriers to physical activity, improve access to safe places, protect and reclaim green spaces, and improve the walkability and built environments of 50 high-need communities across the United States.

Dixon has been featured in the New York Times and CNN. She was named a "health hero” by Essence Magazine and appeared on the cover of Outside Magazine's "Icons" edition.  With over 1 million views and counting, Dixon’s 2017 TED Talk with GirlTrek coleader Vanessa Garrison earned a standing ovation and The Audacious Prize. 

Prior to GirlTrek, Dixon was on the front lines of education reform. She served as director of leadership development for one of the largest charter school networks in the country, Achievement First, and directed the startup of six public schools in New York City for St. Hope and the Urban Assembly, two organizations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has served as a trustee for boards of The National Outdoor Leadership School, Teach for Haiti and The Underground Railroad Historic Byway, a $50 million tourism and preservation project in Maryland. 

The Think Forum lecture featuring T. Morgan Dixon was held as a virtual event on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Click here to watch the video.  

Click here to read the full announcement about the Spring 2021 Think Forum events

 Lists of previous Think Forum speakers can be found on the Past Speakers page