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4/8/2009 Psychology of evil focus of lecture

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McMINNVILLE – Phil Zimbardo, an internationally acclaimed psychologist and the executive director of a Stanford University center on terrorism, will present the lecture, "A Journey from the Psychology of Evil to the Heroic Imagination," Monday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Zimbardo has been called the "voice and face of contemporary American psychology." He's known for his PBS-TV series, "Discovering Psychology," and for his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment. He is the author of more than 50 books including "Psychology and Life," now in its 18th edition, and "Shyness: What It Is, What To Do About It."  His most recent books are, "The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil" and "The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life." He has a broad range of research interests which cover social psychology, education, time perspective, madness, political psychology, torture, terrorism and evil.

He is currently the executive director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT). He is also professor emeritus at Stanford University, professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif. Zimbardo has been the president of the American Psychological Association and the chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2498.