Professor Dacher Keltner - Awe (Congregation Rodef Sholom & Online)

Professor Dacher Keltner

The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life

Wed., April 17th, 2024 • 7:00pm PT
Congregation Rodef Sholom & Online • Free Event

This event will be hosted by Rodef Sholom. Please contact with questions.

Professor Dacher Keltner presents Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life
Wednesday, April 17th, 7pm

The REAL Mental Health Initiative at Congregation Rodef Sholom is proud to welcome UC Berkeley Professor of Psychology Dacher Keltner for a conversation about how to bring a bit more awe into your life.

Presented in-person at Congregation Rodef Sholom and virtually. Register HERE.


"Read this book to connect with your highest self.”
—Susan Cain, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and Quiet

From a foremost expert on the science of emotions, a groundbreaking and essential exploration into the history, science, and greater understanding of awe.

Awe is mysterious. How do we begin to quantify the goose bumps we feel when we see the Grand Canyon, or our utter amazement when we watch a child walk for the first time? Until recently, there was no science of awe, that feeling we experience when we encounter vast mysteries that transcend our understanding of the world. Revolutionary thinking, though, has shown how humans have survived over the course of evolution thanks to our capacities to cooperate, form communities, and create culture—all of which are spurred by awe.

Awe, Dacher Keltner presents a sweeping investigation and deeply personal inquiry into this elusive feeling. Revealing new research alongside an examination of awe across history, culture, and within his own life, Keltner shows us how cultivating awe in our everyday lives leads us to appreciate what is most humane in our human nature. At turns radical and profound, brimming with enlightening and practical insights, Awe is our field guide for how to place this emotion as a vital force within our lives.


Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. A renowned expert in the science of human emotion, Dr. Keltner studies compassion and awe, how we express emotion, and how emotions guide our moral identities and search for meaning. His research interests also span issues of power, status, inequality, and social class. He is the author of The Power Paradox, the bestselling books Born to Be Good and Awe, and the coeditor of The Compassionate Instinct.


“Humanity has a lot of loss to work through. Keltner has written the perfect guidebook for this journey, interweaving discoveries that he and his disciples have made since he pioneered the scientific study of awe 20 years ago with highly personal—and at times excruciatingly tender—meditations on the death of his brother Rolf.” —Harvard Business Review

“A gifted storyteller, Keltner draws on the experiences of individuals across the world to document the salutary impact of everyday, wild and mystical encounters with nature, music, visual art, literature, religion, the birth of children, and the death of loved ones.” —Psychology Today



The REAL Mental Health Initiative at Rodef Sholom is supported by the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation


Dacher Keltner photo credit Natalie Keltner McNeil



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ISBN: 9781984879707
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Published: Penguin Books - January 2nd, 2024