Kate Johnson portrait
Mar 11, 2016

FVCC 2016 Honors Symposium Continues March 17

03_11_2016_FVCC Honors Symposium Continues March 17_Kate JohnsonFlathead Valley Community College’s 2016 Honors Symposium continues March 17 with “Divided (and Righteous) We Stand: Psychological Insights on How Group Membership and Moral Values Lead to Conflict, and What We Can Do about It” presented by Kate Johnson from the Values, Ideology, and Morality Laboratory at the University of Southern California (USC). Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the large community room inside FVCC’s Arts and Technology Building.

The theme of this year’s Honors Symposium is “Dividing Lines: Why Good People are Divided by Politics, Religion, Race and Gender.” Johnson’s lecture is the fifth in a series of six presentations developed to examine our nation’s most divisive issues and provide new insights regarding how to foster greater cooperation among disparate groups.

A Ph.D. candidate at USC, Johnson is researching the psychological mechanisms that lead otherwise good people to violently disagree over issues of race, religion and politics.

The final lecture in this year’s Honors Symposium will be held March 24 at 7 p.m. at the college. Dr. Leslie Griffin, William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, will present “How the Constitution Should Unite Us on Politics, Religion, Race and Gender.”

The 2016 Honors Symposium is funded in part by the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni and Ambassadors, the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund and Humanities Montana, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, visit or call Ivan Lorentzen at 756-3864.