Benet Davetian is a sociologist and chair and associate professor at the University of Prince Edward Island. His published works include The Seventh Circle, awarded the Mordecai Richler Prize for the Best Book of the Year. Davetian’s areas of scholarship and teaching include classical and contemporary social theory, collective behaviour and social movements, self and society, sociology of knowledge, and comparative social studies. He is founder and director of The Civility Institute, an institute that promotes international multi-disciplinary studies and conferences in civility and civil society. In his spare time, he hosts the Charlottetown Conversation Salon. His travels and field research have taken him across four continents.