MCSI Lecture: Shannon Spaulding: How We Understand Others
December 5, 2018 Video
In this MCSI lecture, speaker Shannon Spaulding talks about mindreading and the ability to make sense of what people are thinking.
MCSI Lecture: Elizabeth A. Phelps: “Race and the brain: Insights from the neural systems of emotion and decisions”
November 6, 2018 Video
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 Video
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 Video
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.
MCSI Lecture: Siva Vaidhyanathan: “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy”
September 17, 2018 Press Releases
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.
Pitzer College 2018-19 Lecture Series Explores Social Perception
August 30, 2018 Video
Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry (MCSI) 2018 speakers series, “Perception in a Social World: Sensing Others and Seeing Ourselves,” will illuminate what it means to be social and sentient in today’s world. Throughout the semester, prominent speakers from a range of disciplines will explore our evolving understanding of social perception.
Investigating Conspiracy Theories
November 28, 2017 Video
Author and podcaster Matthew Dentith examines the case for treating conspiracy theories seriously and investigating them.
If Everyone is a Conspiracy Theorist, is Anyone?
November 14, 2017 Video
Rutgers University Professor Jack Bratich takes a critical approach to conspiracy theories at the crossroads of popular and political culture.
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
November 7, 2017
University of Pennsylvania Professor John L. Jackson, Jr. examines racial and class-based differences in contemporary urban environments.