• Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • Photo ID required for entry

A Two-day Conference on the Concept of Character.
Speakers will include
John Doris
Ruth Yeazell
Maria Di Battista
Jon Elster
George Ainslie
Walter Mischel

Philosophers, literary scholars, and psychologists explore the concept of character.

Saturday morning: 10am to 12:30pm
Jon Elster, “Introductory Overview”
John Doris, “How to Build a Person”

Saturday afternoon: 2:30pm to 5pm
Ruth Bernard Yeazell, “Henry James and the Lure of Character”
Maria Di Battista, “Surprising Characters”

Sunday morning: 10am to 12:30pm
Walter Mischel, “Searching for Personality: Character?”
George Ainslie, “Building Character from the Bottom Up”

  • John M. Doris Professor of Philosophy Washington University
  • Ruth Bernard Yeazell Chace Family Professor of English Yale University
  • Maria DiBattista Professor of English
  • Jon Elster Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences Columbia University
  • George Ainslie Professor of Economics University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Walter Mischel Niven Professor of Humane Letters in Psychology Columbia University