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2/3/2004 Changing face of racism topic of lecture

McMINNVILLE -- James E. Waller, the Edward B. Lindaman chair and professor of psychology at Whitworth College, will speak on "The Changing Face of Racism Across America" Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.

For 17 years, Waller has taught courses on intergroup relations, prejudice and genocide studies. In 1996 he developed an innovative study tour titled "Prejudice Across America." The tour drew national media attention and was named by President Clinton’s Initiative on Race as one of America’s "Promising Practices for Racial Reconciliation." Many of the experiences from the tour are chronicled in his first book, "Face to Face: The Changing State of Racism Across America," and a second book "Prejudice Across America."

Waller is also a widely-recognized scholar in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies. He has held international visiting professorships at the Technical University in Berlin and the Catholic University in Eichstatt, Germany. He has been awarded summer fellowships with the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern University and at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He is the author of "Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing."

Waller received Whitworth’s Teaching Excellence Award in 1996 and was the 1993 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Achievement. In addition, he is a four-time nominee for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award. During 1999-2000 he was one of 16 national recipients of the prestigious Pew Fellowship Award to continue his work on the psychology of human evil.

Waller received his bachelor’s degree from Asbury College, master’s from the University of Colorado and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His academic speciali-zations include experimental social psychology and the history of psychology and science.

The lecture is in celebraiton of Black History Month. It is free, open to the public and sponsored by Linfield’s International Programs Office, Multicultural Programs Office, Counseling Services and the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. For more information, call 503-883-2222.