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Monday, November 15, 2010
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Stanford Prison Experiment Author and Psychologist, Dr. Philip Zimbardo to Speak at Ohlone College

Philip Zimbardo.Fremont, CA—Renowned psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo takes us on a fascinating journey from the depths of hell to inspiring heavenly realms in this multimedia presentation at the Smith Center at Ohlone College. Based on his lifetime of research on evil, including the now notorious Stanford Prison Experiment, and his current life project of creating a nation of everyday heroes.

In 1971, psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a professor at Stanford University, demonstrated that randomly chosen, everyday people could turn into sadistic monsters under specific conditions in a controversial prison guard/prisoner exercise now known as the Stanford Prison Experiment. Since then, he has attempted to convince the world that more often than we think, it is the situation or the pressures we're exposed to that influence our behaviors, whether good or bad. Dr Zimbardo's worst fears came true with the recent abuses at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. In his book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, he tries to help us comprehend what went wrong, as well as teaching us how to prevent such evil from happening again.

Dr. Zimbardo has taught an introductory psychology course for 50 years, at Yale University, NYU, and Colombia University, and for the past 40 years at Stanford University. He has been writing and co-authoring Psychology and Life, as well as the Faculty Guides and Student Workbooks, for the past 38 years. He has been called the “Face and Voice of Psychology” because of his popular PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology that is used in many high school and university courses both nationally and internationally.

About the Psychology Club Speaker Series

This lecture is the latest installment in the Ohlone Psychology Club Speaker Series, which brings a top-name speaker to Ohlone College each semester to present information related to the social sciences. The Ohlone College Psychology Club began its Speaker Series in spring of 2009 hosting professional speakers whose work contributes to critical thinking, skepticism, and science. Each semester, a prominent speaker is invited to contribute her or his knowledge and perspective. Lively conversation, debate, and collaboration are hallmarks of these events.

The Psychology Speaker Series is the result of the Psychology Club members who volunteer their time to plan and execute the entire event. All proceeds are used to fund future educational talks.


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