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Scholars Day speaker to address theme of social justice (Released: 4/25/96)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- An international expert on psychology and psychopathology will be the featured speaker at the 1996 Scholars Day ceremony at the University of Connecticut.

Brendan Maher, the Edward C. Henderson Professor of the Psychology of Personality at Harvard University, will address students and parents on the theme of social justice. His talk is being held in conjunction with UConn's year-long observance of Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

The ceremony, a celebration of academic excellence, will take place in Jorgensen Auditorium at the Storrs campus at 4 p.m. April 30.

Maher's research focuses on the processes by which false beliefs are formed, especially false beliefs about other people and groups, and the often devastating effects on people who are the targets of those beliefs. He advocates a leading role for higher education in helping individuals analyze and evaluate their beliefs.

He has published several books and numerous articles on psychology and psychopathology, and in 1992 published The View from Room Seventeen: A Selection of Essays, dealing with the purpose of universities and their role and responsibilities in society.

Maher has held faculty positions at Brandeis University, the University of Wisconsin, Louisiana State University and Northwestern University. He is co-chair of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Committee to Assess the Quality of National Doctoral Programs.

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