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Illinois State book club author talk: Amanda Ripley, author of High Conflict

Wednesday, May 11, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

The Illinois State University Alumni Association believes in lifelong learning and career development even after graduation. The ISU Alumni Association Book Club provides members an opportunity to read, discuss, and interact through lifelong learning topics. As a part of the current reading selection, High Conflict, members and nonmembers of the book club can hear from the author, Amanda Ripley.  Be sure to register in advance to gain access to the webinar.

Amanda Ripley is a New York Times bestselling author, an investigative journalist, and host of the Slate podcast How To! She’s spent her career trying to make sense of complicated human mysteries, from how people get out of dysfunctional conflicts to how countries educate virtually all their kids to think for themselves. Amanda’s most recent book is High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, published by Simon & Schuster in 2021.  Her previous books include The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes—and Why, which was published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary, and The Smartest Kids in the World—and How They Got That Way, New York Times bestseller which was also turned into a documentary film.

High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out investigates how good people get captured by high conflict–and how they break free. New York Times bestelling author and award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley explores specific examples of different types of people who were all drawn into high conflict by similar forces, including conflict entrepreneurs, humiliation, and false binaries. But ultimately, all of them found ways to transform high conflict into something good, something that made them better people. They rehumanized and recatego­rized their opponents, and they revived curiosity and wonder, even as they continued to fight for what they knew was right. People do escape high conflict. Individuals—even entire communities—can short-circuit the feedback loops of outrage and blame, if they want to. This is a mind-opening new way to think about conflict that will transform how we move through the world.


Wednesday, May 11
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm