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Feb 26, 2016

FVCC 2016 Honors Symposium Continues March 2

Dr. Luke Conway, founder of the Political Cognition Laboratory at the University of Montana, will speak on March 2 as part of the 2016 Honors Symposium at Flathead Valley Community College.
Dr. Luke Conway, founder of the Political Cognition Laboratory at the University of Montana, will speak on March 2 as part of the 2016 Honors Symposium at Flathead Valley Community College.

Flathead Valley Community College’s 2016 Honors Symposium continues March 2 with “The Secret Psychological Influence of Expectations for Agreement: Do Conformity Pressures Ultimately Create a Happy or a Divided Society?” presented by Dr. Luke Conway, associate professor of psychology at the University of Montana. Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in in the large community room in 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.” Conway’s lecture is the third 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 between disparate groups.

Conway is the founder of the Political Cognition Laboratory at the University of Montana and studies the factors that shape people’s thoughts and beliefs. The lab’s work has been published in top psychology journals and featured on National Public Radio and BBC Radio and in USA Today, The Washington Post and Search Magazine.

The final three lectures in this year’s Honors Symposium are:

March 10:  “Thinking about Race and Religion (Together)” presented by Dr. Nancy Wadsworth, associate professor of political science at the University of Denver.

March 17:  “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 of the Values, Ideology, and Morality (VIM) Laboratory at the University of Southern California.

March 24:  “How the Constitution Should Unite Us on Politics, Religion, Race and Gender” presented by Dr. Leslie Griffin, William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

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 www.fvcc.edu/honorssymposium or call Ivan Lorentzen at 756-3864.