Denison Speaker Explores Psychology Of Gender Prejudice And Attitudes
Posted: September 20, 2000
Social psychologist Alice H. Eagly will explore the issues of gender prejudice and women in leadership in a pair of lectures at Denison University. Her lecture on "Prejudice: Toward a More Inclusive Definition" will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 26) in Olin Auditorium. A second discussion on "The Power Elite: Why So Few Women?" is set for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 27) in Herrick Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by the J. R. Kantor Memorial Lectureship in Psychology, the presentations are free and open to the public. Eagly is the third scholar to appear in the series, which was inaugurated in 1997.
Eagly's research concentrates on the basic differences between men and women in value structure and role definition. She also works on the connection between gender and leadership and the inclusion of gender prejudice in the fundamental conception of prejudice. Currently, Eagly is researching memory for attitude-relevant information.
A frequent participant in colloquia and panel discussions, Eagly's recent presentations include a roundtable discussion of "Changes in stereotypes of gender in America" at the Interamerican Congress of Psychology, Caracas, a panel discussion on "Sneaking into the men's room: Leadership, evaluations, and making it to the top" at the Academy of Management, Chicago, and a paper on "The origins of sex differences in human behavior" at the American Psychological Society, Miami.
Author of "Sex Differences in Social Behavior: A Social Role Interpretation and The Psychology of Attitudes," Eagly is a professor of psychology at Northwestern University. Previously she has served on the faculties at Michigan State University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Illinois, Harvard, Purdue, and the University of Tuebingen (Germany). Eagly earned her bachelor's degree summa cum laude at Radcliffe College (Harvard) where she won the Phi Beta Kappa Ranking Senior Prize. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
She was named the 1999 winner of the Distinguished Scientific Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and also won the 1994 citation as Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology from the Committee on Women in Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Eagly serves as the executive secretary for the United States and Canada of the Interamerican Society of Psychology.
The J.R. Kantor Memorial Lectureship in Psychology was established in honor and memory of J. R. Kantor (1888-1984), a well-known professor of psychology at Indiana University for 39 years, by his daughter, Helene J. Kantor, and close friend, Albert Haas. Kantor studied at the University of Chicago under Professor Charles Judson Herrick, an 1895 master's degree graduate of Denison. Later, two of Kantor's students (Irvin Wolf and Parker Lichtenstein) would become faculty members at Denison, making Denison an "esoteric but important" center of Kantorian psychology according to Denison Professor of Psychology Harry Heft.
The lectureship strives to bring to Denison distinguished visiting psychologists whose work reflects the qualities Kantor demonstrated in his career: a commitment to scholarship; advanced thinking in psychology; and promotion of a scientific attitude for understanding the human condition.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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