Fawl Lecture Series

2018 Fawl Lecture presents:

Photo of Steven Pinker by Rose Lincoln
Steven Pinker

"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"

Thursday, March 22, 2018
7 p.m.
O'Donnell Auditorium

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications

About Fawl Lecture Series

Psychology professor PDF iconClifford L. Fawl  (1930-2002) left an indelible mark on the Psychology Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Chairing the department for over 40 years, Fawl challenged students to think for themselves, integrated innovative teaching programs and designed the laboratory space in the Smith-Curtis building.

In 1975, Fawl started a Psychology Fair that invited hundreds of high school students and their teachers to engage in demonstrations of psychological phenomena. Distinguished researchers in the various fields of psychology were invited each year to present a lecture and interact with our students. 

In 1997, friends and alumni donated money to establish The Fawl lecture series in his honor. There are two objectives for the Fawl Lecture Series Fund: to honor the career of Cliff Fawl and to fund an annual lecture in psychology.

 

Past Fawl Lecturers

Year Lecturer Affiliation

2017

Frans de Waal

Emory University

2015

Susan Clayton

Wooster University

2014

Samuel Gosling

University of Texas at Austin

2013

Lisa Lopez Levers

Duquesne University

2012

Ken Keith

University of San Diego

2011

Michael Shermer

The Skeptics Society

2010

James H. Bray

Baylor College of Medicine

2009

Mary Spiers

Drexel University

2008

Alice H. Eagly

Northwestern University

2007

Craig A. Anderson

Iowa State University

2006

Ludy Benjamin

Texas A&M University

2005

Robert D. Hare

University of British Columbia

2005

Christopher Peterson

University of Michigan

2001

Robert Sternberg

Yale University

2000

Margaret Matlin

State University of New York, Geneseo

1999

Richard Suinn

Colorado State University

1998

William McKeachie

University of Michigan

1997

Linda Bartoshuk

Yale University

Psychology Fair Speakers

Year Speaker Affiliation

1995

Ron Comer

Princeton University

1993

Steven Smith

Texas A&M University

1991

David Myers

Hope University

1989

Eleanor Maccoby

Stanford University

1987

Lawrence Wrightsman

University of Kansas

1985

Ludy Benjamin

Texas A&M University

1983

Elizabeth Loftus

University of Washington

1981

Allen and Beatrice Gardner

University of Nevada

1979

Richard Solomon

University of Pennsylvania

1977

James McConnell

University of Michigan

1975

Harry Harlow

University of Arizona

Contact or visit us

Psychology Department
Dr. Marilyn Petro, Department Chair
Smith-Curtis, Room 340B
Lincoln, NE 68504
402.465.2429
mpetro [at] NebrWesleyan.edu