Delusions of Crowds | Newberry

Delusions of Crowds

Led by Tom Irvine
Saturday, March 12, 2022
One session. Saturday, March 12



Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to Registration opens Wednesday, January 19th at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

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Seminar Description

This one-day seminar will cover the topic of how people get off track when following crowds. We will discuss the nature of crowd behavior and how people when grouped can believe and attach themselves to fallacies that they never would have alone. Through a combination of lecture, images, video and scientific research that explains the biological, evolutionary, and psychosocial roots of this human irrationality, we will explore how this plays out in religious settings like Jonestown, financial mania, and political settings.

One session. Registration – $85/$76.5

Tom Irvine is Director of IT at Monosol LLC during the day and teaches history and literature classes at night and weekends

Materials List


  • No Required Reading

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 19th . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry uses Learning Stream for all Adult Education Seminar registrations. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.