Dr. Sam Gaertner, a University of Delaware Trustees’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus, will present “I am Not Prejudiced: Understanding and Addressing Unconscious Prejudice.”
Dr. Gaertner taught at the University of Delaware in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. His regular courses included the psychology of racism and intergroup relations. He earned BA and MA degrees from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. from The City University of New York Graduate Center. He continues to study Aversive Racism (i.e., hidden biases) that exists among “well-intentioned” people, who often express negative racial attitudes in subtle, indirect and rationalizable ways that preclude them from recognizing their racial biases. In 2012 he received a Career Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Join us for our monthly Meet and Mingle for new members at 9:30AM on February 3
Meet back by the coffee pots prior to the meeting to a Meet & Mingle with other new members and board members. We are continuing this informal get-together to provide new members with an easy way to meet other new members. Come join in the fun. Get the conversation started to make new friends who share your common interests and thirst for a new learning adventure. Meet fellow members who might be participating in an upcoming field trip. All members are welcome to join us.
Senior Scholars Program Friday, February 10, 2017
Dr. John Bird, a professor English and director of the Winthrop University Teaching and Learning Center in Rock Hill, S.C., will present a program on “Critical Thinking.”
Dr. Bird teaches courses in American literature, critical theory, and critical thinking. His areas include Mark Twain, 19th- and 20th-Century American Literature, Critical Theory, American Humor and Critical Thinking. He earned BS and MA degrees from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. Dr. Bird is the author of Mark Twain and Metaphor (University of Missouri Press, 2007), as well as articles on Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and American humor.
Senior Scholars Program Friday, February 17, 2017
A Great Decisions Topic
Dr. Margaret Commins, an associate professor of Political Science and International Studies College at Queens University, will speak on the Great Decisions topic “Latin America’s Political Pendulum.”
She will discuss the historical swing in these countries from the left to the right. Dr. Commins specializes in U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America and U.S. trade policy. She earned a BA degree from Gettysburg College and a MA and Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has been named a 2016-17 Engaged Faculty Scholar by North Carolina Campus Compact.
Senior Scholars Program Friday, February 24, 2017
A Great Decisions Topic
Dr. Loren Fauchier, Global Education Director at Providence Day School, will present “Conflict in the South China Sea.”
Dr. Fauchier’s talk will delve into the ongoing cat-and-mouse games between China and the United States, Japan and South Korea. Before joining the staff at Providence Day, Dr. Fauchier taught for 17 years at Queens University of Charlotte in the Department of Political Science and International Studies. In 2014 he was awarded the Global Citizen Award by the National Association of Independent Schools. He earned his undergraduate degree in government at California State University, Sacramento, his Master of Arts in political science at the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. in comparative politics at the University of Washington. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University program in Nanjing, China, and completed his doctoral research in China. He regularly takes students to China.