Sheldon Solomon

Professor of Psychology and Ross Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Skidmore College

Sheldon Solomon is Professor of Psychology and Ross Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College. As an experimental social psychologist (with a B.A. in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, and PhD from the University of Kansas), his interests include the nature of self, consciousness, and social behavior. His work with Jeff Greenberg (at the University of Arizona) and Tom Pyszczynski (at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) exploring the effects of the uniquely human awareness of death on individual and social behavior has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Ernest Becker Foundation and was featured in the award winning documentary films Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality and The Anatomy of Hate. He is co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror (2003, American Psychological Association Books) and co-founder of The World Leaders Project. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Society and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, a 2007 recipient of an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation, a 2009 recipient of a Lifetime Career Award by The International Society for Self and Identity, and a 2011 Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Annual Faculty Award.

Participant In:

The Search for Immortality

Saturday, December 13, 2014
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

In the Phaedo, Plato asserts that the philosophical life is a preparation for death. Human aspiration, expressed in our science and in our spirituality, nevertheless seeks to transcend the philosophical and biological confines of mortality. How do differences in our awareness of mortality, from developmental death anxieties to the philosopher’s embrace, influence the diverse lives… read more »

The Helix Center is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation in support of a series of fourteen roundtables addressing big questions in the physical, natural, and biological sciences and the humanities. The topics are: Knowledge and Limitations; The Span of Infinity; Complexity and Emergence; The Search for Immortality;  The Sublime Experience; The Meditative State; The… read more »