Past Events

  • 2016 Sep 30

    Felicia Pratto, University of Connecticut

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS S050

    Power, Status, Inequality, and Justice: Experiments in Power Dynamics

    Substantial social inequality not only means greater deprivation for the least powerful, but also poorer health for entire societies, and often, mistrust. To address social inequality we must be concerned with what conditions enable those with more to get more, and which facilitate those with little getting more. These are questions of power dynamics. I introduce Power Basis Theory, which promotes an ecological understanding of power as empowerment, to consider how contexts can afford need-fulfillment or curtail...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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