By Katie DePillisDURKHAM, N.Y. — In a commencement address on Tuesday night, Yale University professor D. Michael Durkheim said he hopes his graduates will be “the future generation of social engineers.”
But after the speech, a student asked him why the professor was calling students who didn’t agree with his ideas a “social engineering students” rather than a “scholarly” one.
“Social engineering is the art of changing people’s minds through manipulation of the masses,” Durkham said.
“The social engineers are the ones who are the best in the business at that.
We are all social engineers, and if you want to be an engineer, you have to be a social engineer.
But don’t worry, we’ll teach you how to do it.”
After a short pause, he continued: “There are people in our generation who will never get to be social engineers.
They will never do that.
They won’t even be able to understand that, because they don’t understand how it works.”
The speech was Durk, a professor of sociology and an expert in modern sociology, addressing students in the University’s Sociology Department about their role in modern society.
He is also the author of “Social Engineering: The Art of Manipulating People’s Minds.”
Durkheim, 59, is a widely respected professor of sociological analysis and a professor emeritus of social psychology.
He has taught courses in history and philosophy at Yale, Harvard and other schools.
He also has written a number of books on sociology.
Durk was a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he worked from 1977 to 1987, and at the City University of New York.
He left his post in 2003 and became a consultant for the World Bank and the European Union.
He teaches a course on globalization, but does not teach it on the topic of globalization itself.
Durlheim is a member of the American Sociological Association and has received several honorary doctorates.
He received the John Templeton Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2012 and the Distinguished Service Award from Harvard University in 2016.