“Beautiful Souls” author to appear at Union

Eyal Press is an award-winning journalist who focuses on issues of morality and politics
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“Beautiful Souls” author to appear at Union


Eyal Press


Eyal Press, an award-winning journalist who focuses on issues of morality and politics, will speak Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Reamer Campus Center Auditorium.

His talk, “Beautiful Souls,” is free and open to the public.

Born in Jerusalem and raised in Buffalo, Press “looks at the surprising factors that cause ordinary people to behave ethically—to stick to their conscience, to defy the sway of authority and convention—even when thrust into compromising situations.”

He is the author of Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times.

The book was a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice.

To read the Times review, click here.

Press is also the author of Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict that Divided America. The book chronicles the anti-abortion threats that his father—a local doctor—received in his hometown of Buffalo, and explores how hard-line convictions on certain issues have divided America over the past three decades.

During his visit, Press will also speak to students in a philosophy class, dine with students, faculty and members of the Sorum Book Club, and meet with invited faculty and students in Lamont House.

His visit is sponsored by the Rapaport Ethics Across the Curriculum initiative and Sorum Book Club.