Past Events

  • 2016 Sep 16

    Alexandra Scacco, NYU

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050

    Youth Vocational Training and Conflict Mitigation: An Experimental Test of Social Contact Theory in Nigeria

    Can grassroots-level interventions that increase contact between members of groups in conflict improve intergroup relations? We conducted a computer-education-based, randomized field experiment (the Urban Youth Vocational Training program, or UYVT) to test whether sustained social contact between members of groups in conflict can reduce prejudice and discrimination, increase cooperation, and alter individual attitudes about past violent events. We implemented the… Read more about Alexandra Scacco, NYU

  • 2015 Nov 06

    Liane Young, Boston College

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050

    Title: The Structure of Morality

    Description: The capacity to process mental states like beliefs and intentions, theory of mind (ToM), is crucial for moral judgment (e.g., distinguishing murder from manslaughter). In this talk, we'll look at the role of ToM not just for moral judgment but also for moral behavior across distinct social contexts (e.g., cooperation vs competition) as well as for distinguishing moral propositions from non-moral propositions (i.e., facts, preferences). We will use the approach of looking at the role of ToM to investigate the structure of morality - to… Read more about Liane Young, Boston College

  • 2015 Oct 23

    Susan Fiske, Princeton University

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050

    Title: Ambivalent Stereotyping Links to National Inequality and Conflict

    Description: Societal stereotypes go beyond mere valence, good versus bad. More than a decade of research suggests that basic dimensions structure stereotypes around the world: Warmth (trustworthiness) and competence (effectiveness) universally account for societal stereotypes. Ambivalent examples (high/low or low/high stereotypes) occur frequently. And use of this Warmth X Competence stereotype space, including ambivalence, varies predictably across nations. In particular, income inequality predicts… Read more about Susan Fiske, Princeton University

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