NYU Psychologist Kaufman to Open All-College Hour Speaker Series

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Scott Barry Kaufman, a New York University psychology faculty member specializing in intelligence, will open this year's All-College Hour Distinguished Speaker Series. He will address "Ungifted: Redefining Intelligence" Sept. 25 at 2:30 in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom. Kaufmann is among four speakers scheduled for the series this semester and all addresses are free and open to the public.

Kaufman is a popular science writer known for his research and writing on intelligence and creativity. He is co-founder of The Creativity Post. He won the 2011 Daniel E. Berlyne Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association for outstanding research on aesthetics, creativity and the arts by a junior scholar. He also is a 2011-12 recipient of the Mensa International Award for Excellence in Research.

Kaufman's latest book offers reflections on the ways we teach and learn and how those experiences shape our lives moving forward.

Three other speakers scheduled in the series this semester, all at 2:30 p.m. in the MacVittie College Ballroom:

  • Oct. 23 – Claire-Cecile Pierre, "Haiti After the Earthquake." Instructor in medicine, associate director of division of service learning, Harvard Medical School; executive director of the Center for Local and International partnerships, Cambridge Health Alliance.
  • Nov. 13 – John Dau, "God Grew Tired of Us." One of the storied "Lost Boys of Sudan," featured in the award-winning documentary, "God Grew Tired of Us." He is now living the American dream.
  • Dec. 4 – Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, "Picking Cotton." The pair tells the story of mistaken identity. Thompson was a victim of sexual violence and identified Cotton as the perpetrator but he was later proven innocent by DNA evidence. A story of crime, perception, memory, race, forgiveness and reception.

The All-College Hour Speaker Series is sponsored by the college's Division of Student and Campus Life. It supports the College mission and embodies the principles of the The Bringing Theory to Practice Project. The aim of the series is to provide opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

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