Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Rider University will host the fourth annual Marvin W. Goldstein Lecture on Prejudice Reduction on Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in the Yvonne Theater of the Fine Arts Center on the Lawrenceville campus. The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s lecture, “The Origins of Stereotyping and Prejudice,” will feature Melanie Killen, Ph.D., professor of Human Development and associate director for the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture at the University of Maryland.
Killen has received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Science Foundation for her research on children’s and adolescents’ moral development, social reasoning about exclusion, intergroup bias, prejudice, and the development of social cognition. Killen is associate editor of the journal Child Development and has co-edited six books, including time spent as the editor of the Handbook on Moral Development (2006). She has published more than 100 empirical journal articles and book chapters. Her book on Morality in Everyday Life won the outstanding book award from the American Educational Research Association
The Marvin W. Goldstein Endowed Lecture Series on Prejudice Reduction, presented by the Department of Psychology, brings researchers and professors from the field of psychology to Rider each fall to discuss issues related to prejudice; cultural, racial and gender bias. The endowed lecture series honors the 38-year career of Marvin W. Goldstein, Ph.D., a member of the Rider University Department of Psychology and the co-director of The Julius and Dorothy Koppelman Holocaust and Genocide Resource Center at Rider.
Dr. Anne Law, chair of the Department of Psychology at Rider, said the lecture series brings the University the best in contemporary scholarship on questions of prejudice and prejudice reduction.
“We are honored to bring Dr. Killen to Rider to discuss her research on children and the development of prejudice. We know that the audience will appreciate the careful scientific foundation her research has created, and will leave understanding more about how children think and act toward others,” Law said. “It’s our hope that this understanding would be used in ways that can reduce prejudice and create a more tolerant society.”