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Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, spent much of last year advising the Israeli government on its COVID-19 response and conducting research to answer behavioral questions related to the pandemic. 

Why didn't instructions like "don't leave home" work? Why do we believe some behaviors are safer than they truly are? What are the "sweet spots" in virtual educational environments? What are the challenges caused by disinformation? 

Jewish Life at Duke was pleased to invite Professor Ariely to join us on April 22, 2021 to share his experience in Israel, through the lens of behavioral economics.

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From funny, personal stories of his mother’s reaction to his research awards – “that’s very nice, Bobby, but it’s not the Nobel” – to wise advice about mentorship and persistence, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz delighted over 200 viewers who tuned in to his virtual interview at Jewish Life at Duke with former Blue Devil David M. Rubenstein ’70 on March 23, 2021. 

Read more about the program here.

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Click here to learn more and purchase Dr. Lefkowitz's memoir A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist.

In December 2020, Jewish Life at Duke invited the Duke community to join us for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah as we lit candles virtually with our Duke community, featuring special Duke guests:

  • Thursday, December 10: Jon Scheyer, Duke Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach
  • Friday, December 11: Shabbat and Hanukkah Candle Lighting with Rabbi Elana Friedman, Duke University Campus Rabbi and Jewish Chaplain
  • Saturday, December 12: Duke Young Alumni Night, hosted by alumni Rachel Berlowe Binder T'19, Kenny Green T'20, Sam Honig T'18, and Raquel Levy T'18
  • Sunday, December 13: Sally Kornbluth, Duke University Provost
  • Monday, December 14: Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Behavioral Economics
  • Tuesday, December 15: Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost / Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm: Jewish Student Union's Latkapalooza Party
  • Thursday, December 17: Vincent E. Price, 10th President of Duke University

Watch the recordings of this program here.