The University of Rhode Island's "Diversity Week" hosted a pro-Jordan Peterson session based on the teachings in his book, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos." The school's "Diversity Week" runs through Friday.
Peterson is a prominent best-selling author and psychology professor from Canada who has people — mostly on the left — starkly divided on their opinions of him.
What are the details of the session?
The University of Rhode Island's Multicultural Center hosted the event on Monday, according to a flyer for "Diversity Week."
The session's description read, "This workshop will feature an analysis and explanation of the self-help book by Jordan B. Peterson, "12 Rules for Life," as it pertains to the youth of today. Younger generations face challenges and difficulties that many of their parents never went through, and for which many feel unprepared. Living in a chaotic world is never easy, but with some basic tips it can become manageable and, just maybe, enjoyable."
Peterson did not attend the event.
What did Peterson say about the event?
In a statement to Campus Reform, Peterson said that the session “seems like it could be a good thing.”
“When I first received the [event description] ... I thought that any comments of my book in a diversity initiative would be thoroughly negative, but it doesn’t look like it,” Peterson explained.
“I can’t help but see it as a positive thing," he added. "Hopefully, more of that sort of thing will happen because the book concentrates on the development of resilience."
In July, the Durham, North Carolina, City Council denounced Peterson and his views as "racist, misogynistic, and transphobic."
Peterson still showed up to give a talk on his new book on Sept. 10 despite the council's condemnation.
In response to the city’s denouncement and editorials prompting the city to cancel the show leading up to its September date, Peterson wrote, “Everything that is reprehensible about the radical and ideologically-possessed left — all the moral self-righteousness, the platitudes, the clichés, the mindless celebration of diversity for the sake of the demonstration of tolerance, the naivete, and the appalling malevolence of casual denunciation — is on painful display in this missive."
"Exposure to such a piece of writing left me with a strong desire for a hot shower accompanied by plenty of soap and a scrub brush," he added.
He later added, “The City of Durham’s statement is one of the purest demonstrations I have yet seen of the tendency for the ideologically possessed to use denouncement tactically as a means to amplify and exaggerate personal or identity-group virtue.”