Dalziel Building  |   3:30pm–4:30pm

Is the image of rich people being rude, presumptuous, and morally impenetrable just a stereotype? In fact, studies have revealed interesting links between wealth, entitlement, and the egotistical appropriation of success, traits all too often attributed to the neophyte Silicon Valley bourgeoisie. Our panelists examine just how justified is its vilification, and what alternatives exist.

DACHER KELTNER is a social psychologist who focuses on prosocial emotions, such as love, sympathy and gratitude. He is Co-Director of The Greater Good Science Center and author, recently, of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence.

JARETT KOBEK has been called “the Michel Houellebecq of San Francisco”. He is the author of the recently self-published literary success and Silicon Valley satire, I Hate the Internet.

B SCOT ROUSSE (moderator) is a writer and philosopher currently engrossed with the fate of education in a technological age. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University and plays drums in several hardcore-punk bands in the Bay Area.