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Benson Auditorium

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1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Benson Auditorium is in Avery Hall facing the Mounds in the center of campus.

Benson Auditorium

September 2018

Convocation for New Students

September 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Pitzer College will host Convocation for the incoming class of 2022 and new incoming students.

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MCSI Lecture: “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy”

September 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Media Theorist 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 a little more pleasurable, makes democracy a lot more challenging.

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October 2018

MCSI Lecture: “Unconscious Bias: The Social Construction of Black Criminals”

October 9 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

In this talk, USC Professor of Law Jody David Armour will explore how social perceptions of wrongdoers—especially their race, gender, and class—determine how decision makers view their moral culpability and just desserts.

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MCSI Lecture: “Normative Cognition in Great Apes”

October 16 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

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.

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November 2018

MCSI Lecture: “Race and the brain: Insights from the neural systems of emotion and decisions”

November 6 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

In this talk, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science Elizabeth Phelps will provide an overview of research on the neuroscience of race and emotion, focusing on implicit race attitudes that are expressed without conscious effort and control.

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December 2018

MCSI Lecture: “How We Understand Others”

December 4 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Professor of Philosophy Shannon Spaulding will talk about mindreading, the ability to make sense of what people are thinking, why they act as they do, what they are likely to do next, and how we often make unreliable judgments of others.

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