Election 2016 Fatal Attraction
How embedded death anxiety may have a material influence in the vote for the next President of the United States
Dr. Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College will host an engaging and lively dialogue about determining our next president in the upcoming election. He will present social psychological research on why people vote the way they do.
The program will begin at 6:30 PM at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th Street, New York City. Attendees are asked to make a recommended donation of $30. A reception will immediately follow the presentation. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/election-2016-fatal-attraction-tickets-26335454052 to reserve tickets.
Dr. Solomon’s research studies the effects of how the “awareness of death” changes human behavior, particularly in regard to America’s voting. The 2016 presidential election promises to be one of the most spirited affairs in the history of American politics, due in large measure to Donald Trump securing the Republican Party nomination. Dr. Solomon will examine the allure of Donald Trump and his promise to Make America Great Again by banishing Muslims and Mexicans, based on Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death, Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom, Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer and Marshall McLuhan’s notion that “the medium is the message.”
Dr. Solomon’s work has been featured in the award-winning documentary film Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality. He is co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror and The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. Dr. Solomon is an American Psychological Society Fellow, and a recipient of an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation (2007), a Lifetime Career Award by the International Society for Self and Identity (2009), and the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Annual Faculty Award (2011). A favorite on campus, Dr. Solomon is known for his engaging and dynamic speaking style.
For a preview of Dr. Solomon’s’ work go to: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/05/27/this-might-be-the-darkest-theory-yet-about-why-donald-trump-keeps-winning/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandom_2_na
The evening is sponsored by Contemporary Heroism Initiative, the Ernest Becker Foundation, the New York Society for Ethical Culture and Skidmore College.