Maria Konnikova, popular psychologist and New York Times best-selling author whose most recent book explains why con artists succeed, is the inaugural speaker for the 2018 Child of the Sun Distinguished Lecture Series at Florida Southern College.
Konnikova is the author of “The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It … Every Time” (2016) and “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes” (2013), both of which were on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and The New Republic, and she is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, where she writes about psychology and science.
Her lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at FSC and is free and open to the public.
The theme of the 2018 Child of the Sun Distinguished Speakers Series is “A Matter of Facts: Navigating a Post-Truth Era.” The series explores the murky waters of a “post-truth” era in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. Future speakers in the series will include National Public Radio reporter Audie Cornish and former White House press secretary Josh Earnest.