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Annual Mind and Society Dialogue Lecture

Since 2017, the Neuroscience Program has sponsored this interdisciplinary annual lecture that is specifically designed to connect neuroscience to the humanities and humanistic social sciences disciplines at our college on topical issues that we grapple with in contemporary society. Thus far, we have brought to campus national experts that have connected neuroscience with the disciplines of Business, Politics, Theater, Education, and Psychology on topics of decision-making, race, prejudice, bias, and Montessori education.

2021-2022

Stacey Sinclair

Value Or Values: How University Diversity Rationales Inform Student Preferences And Outcomes

Stacey Sinclair, Ph.D. 
Professor of Psychology, Public Affairs, and African American Studies, Princeton University

Co-sponsors: Office of Intercultural Relations, Office of Faculty Development, The Ethics Center, Department of Asian Studies; Education; Latin American and Latinx Studies; Psychology; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program

2020-2021

Jennifer KubotaThe Neuroscience of Racial Bias

Jennifer Kubota, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware

Co-sponsors: Departments of Education, Politics, Psychology, Modern Languages and Literatures, Latin American and Latinx Studies, African American Studies, Ethics Center, International Relations, Offices of Intercultural Relations, and Faculty Development

2019-2020

Angeline LillardWhat Is Montessori Education And Why Should You Care?

Angeline S. Lillard, Ph.D. 
Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Co-sponsors: Education and Psychology Departments

2018-2019

Mahzarin BanajiBlind Spot: Hidden Biases In Good People

Mahzarin Banaji, Ph.D.
Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics Department of Psychology, Harvard University

27th Annual Volwiler Distinguished Scientist Lecture

2017-2018

Lydia DiamondBrain, Race, and Theater

Lydia Diamond
Playwright and Author

Co-sponsors: Departments of English and Theater, the African American Studies Program, Office of Intercultural Relations and the Mojekwu Fund

2016-2017

Sam BarnettBrains, Business, and the Ballot Box: Using neuroscience to predict purchases and votes 

Sam Barnett 
CEO & Founder, SBB Research Group , Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program 

Co-sponsors: Entrepreneurship Program, and the Departments of Politics and Economics, Business and Finance