MCSI Lecture: Shannon Spaulding: How We Understand Others
December 5, 2018
Mindreading is the ability to understand a person’s behavior in terms of the psychological states that caused that behavior. Spaulding argues that mindreading is central to our ability to understand and interact with others but that most contemporary views of mindreading vastly underrepresent the diversity and complexity of mindreading. She articulates a new theory of [Read More...]
Faculty Foray: Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78 and Kebokile Dengu-Zvobgo
November 7, 2018
Faculty Foray discussion about Study Abroad and Global Local Intersections with Gael Sylvia Pullen '78 and Kebokile Dengu-Zvobgo, Associate Dean, Study Abroad and International Programs
MCSI Lecture: Elizabeth A. Phelps: “Race and the brain: Insights from the neural systems of emotion and decisions”
November 6, 2018
In this talk, Harvard Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Elizabeth Phelps provides an overview of research on the neuroscience of race and emotion, focusing on implicit race attitudes that are expressed without conscious effort and control.
MCSI Lecture: Kristen Andrews: “Normative Cognition in Great Apes”
October 16, 2018
Drawing on primate and infant research, animal researcher Kristen Andrews offers another approach to examining the question of moral cognition in the great apes by examining the cognitive capacities required for normative thinking.
MCSI Lecture: Jody Armour: “Unconscious Bias: The Social Construction of Black Criminals”
October 9, 2018
In this talk, USC Professor of Law Jody David Armour explores how social perceptions of wrongdoers—especially their race, gender, and class—determine how decision makers view their moral culpability and just desserts.
Lecture Video: Hahrie Han: “People on the Move: Organizing for Climate Change”
October 1, 2018
Hahrie Han, Professor of Political Science at UCSB, examines what a social movement is and why we need it to solve the power problems that underlie climate injustice. She then examines ways to organize constituencies that build their power.
Faculty Foray: Rachel VanSickle-Ward ’99 and Dana Nothnagel ’19
September 17, 2018
In this Faculty Foray, Rachel VanSickle-Ward '99, Professor of Political Studies and Dana Nothnagel '19 talk about Women in Politics.
MCSI Lecture: Siva Vaidhyanathan: “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy”
September 17, 2018
In Antisocial Media, Siva Vaidhyanathan explains how Facebook devolved from an innocent social site hacked together by Harvard students into a force that, while it may make personal life just a little more pleasurable, makes democracy a lot more challenging. It’s an account of the hubris of good intentions, a missionary spirit, and an ideology that sees computer code as the universal solvent for all human problems.