Conclusion: Christakis at Thermopylae

  • Howard S. Schwartz


I return to the furor over Halloween, which generated a heated clash between students at Yale University and Nicholas Christakis, master of a residential college, over whether he should provide a home for the students, keeping them safe from ideas that made them feel threatened, or an intellectual community. The exchange brings forward a number of themes explored in the book.


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  • Howard S. Schwartz
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  1. 1.Emeritus Professor of Organizational BehaviorOakland UniversityRochesterUSA

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