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2017 Slomoff Lectureship: Social Dominance and the Theory of Gendered Prejudice

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The 2017 Slomoff Lectureship: Social Dominance and the Theory of Gendered Prejudice with Jim Sidanius       

In this politically divisive era, many of us are struggling to understand the forces at play in our communities and society that are driving us apart.

Social psychologist and Social Dominance theorist Jim Sidanius has studied these issues for decades. He will speak on his new model, the Theory of Gendered Prejudice (TGP), which reasons that men and women exhibit distinctly different patterns of discriminatory behavior.

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Professor Sidanius presents his intriguing findings:

  1. The tendency for males to display higher levels of xenophobia, discrimination, social predation and dominance than females.
  2. The tendency for discrimination to be directed more toward outgroup males rather than outgroup females.
  3. The differing motives for discrimination for each gender.

Please join us as we explore these thought-provoking analyses of intergroup relations.   

Jim Sidanius is the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in memory of William James and of African and African American Studies in the departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.  His primary research interests at the moment include the political psychology of gender, group conflict, institutional discrimination and the evolutionary psychology of intergroup conflict. Among other awards, Prof. Sidanius is the recipient of the 2006 Harold Lasswell Award for “Distinguished Scientific Contribution in the Field of Political Psychology,” and the 2013 Career Contribution Award conferred by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

The Sylvia and Benjamin Slomoff Lectureship, sponsored by UMass Boston alumnus Ben Slomoff, is an annual event that brings together leading scholars and practitioners advancing the field of conflict resolution.

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Following lecture, please join us at:

  • 6PM Round Table with Jim Sidanius Join students and alumni in an round table discussion with Jim Sidanius.  This is an opportunity to meet the world renowned social dominance theorist and continue the discussion in an intimate setting. Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3540

  • 7PM Slomoff Dinner Reception and Matz Fellowship Award Celebration. Join us for an elegant dinner and celebration of the first David Matz fellowship awardees.  University Dining Club - Campus Center, 2nd Floor.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.