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Cultivating Scholars: College Showcases New Lecture Series

August 27, 2007 -- Collin College is highlighting the world of psychology and sociology in its inaugural Cultivating Scholars Speaker Series.

The series will bring in some of the foremost scholars in psychology and sociology from around the nation to speak at the college's Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Dr. Wade Pickren, associate chair of the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University, and Dr. Alexandra Rutherford, associate professor of psychology at York University, will kick things off at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Dr. Pickren will present "How the History of Psychology Can Help Us Understand Social Justice: Psychologists and Interracial Housing in New York City, 1945-1955." Dr. Pickren explores how psychologists applied their science to social justice issues in the politics of interracial housing in New York City from 1945-1955

Dr. Rutherford will present From Pigeons to People: Inside the Human Skinner Box. She will discuss the influence of the noted psychologist B.F. Skinner and the movement of his principles out of the lab and the world of pigeons to the world of human beings in their natural settings.

From 10-11:15 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, Dr. Pickren will present Making a More Inclusive Psychology: A DVD Documentary History of the Struggle to Make the APA Inclusive of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Psychology and Dr. Rutherford will present Changing the Face of Psychology: Feminism s Past and Presence. In each session Dr. Pickren and Dr. Rutherford will each present descriptions of and selections from their DVDs documenting the history of how psychology has become more inclusive of women and ethnic minorities.

The series continues at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 with Dr. Ludy T. Benjamin Jr., professor of psychology at Texas A&M University. He will present William James and the Temple of Doom: Joy and Intrigue in Archival Research."

Peering into the lives of noted psychologists, Dr. Benjamin will describe the nature and process of archival research, indicating how an examination of personal papers and letters, manuscripts, and other documents enrich one's understanding of the development of knowledge.

He will also present "The Public's Psychology: A History of the Popular Psychology Magazines in America" 11 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 26. This lecture describes the popular psychology from the late 1800s to the 1960s as manifested in books, newspaper columns, home-study courses, psychology clubs and scores of popular psychology magazines

For more information about the Cultivating Scholars Speaker Series, contact the division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at 972.881.5800.

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