Upcoming Events: Psychology

Mon 4/21

Image - Shakespeare in Prisons

Shakespeare in Prisons

Date: Mon, April 21, 2014
Time: 5:15 PM
Marin Shakespeare Company's Lesley Schisgall Currier  

Lesley Schisgall Currier, Founder and Managing Director, Marin Shakespeare Company

"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself king of infinite space... were it not that I have bad dreams." Hamlet eloquently distinguishes between a physical prison and the prison of the mind. The U.S. has the largest percentage of population incarcerated of any first-world nation. Where is the line between punishment and rehabilitation? Do prisoners deserve arts programs? How does Shakespeare serve as a tool for personal transformation? Societal transformation? Shakespeare in Prisons explores art, society and morality.

Mon 6/23

Image - Decoding the New Consumer Mind: How and Why We Shop and Buy

Decoding the New Consumer Mind: How and Why We Shop and Buy

Date: Mon, June 23, 2014
Time: 5:15 PM

Kit Yarrow, Ph.D., Consumer Psychologist; Chair of Psychology Department and Professor of Psychology and Marketing, Golden Gate University; Author, Decoding the New Consumer Mind 

Yarrow notes that a decade of swift and stunning change has profoundly affected our psychology and consequently how, when and why we shop and buy. She illuminates the impact of three major socio-cultural shifts on the psychology of shoppers and describes four strategic shifts that businesses need to make to succeed and connect with today’s transformed consumer. Drawing on hundreds of ethnographies and interviews, Yarrow shares surprising insights on the motivations and behaviors of today’s shoppers and takes marketers where they need to be today – into the deeply psychological and often unconscious relationships that people have with products, retailers, marketing communications and brands.

Mon 7/28


Gay Conversion Therapy

Date: Mon, July 28, 2014
Time: 5:15 PM
Sheldon W. Helms, Associate Professor of Psychology

Professor Sheldon W. Helms, Associate Professor of Psychology, Ohlone College

As our country tackles the issue of marriage equality, gays in the military and other forms of inclusion of gays and lesbians into mainstream society, and as Russia and other countries enforce laws limiting the rights of their gay and lesbian citizens, fringe religious and therapeutic organizations have operated mostly in the shadows, attempting to "convert" their homosexual clients to heterosexuality through a mixture of prayer and pseudoscience.

Helms describes the history of attempts to define homosexuality as an illness and to make gays go straight.

Some forms of gay conversion therapy have been outlawed in California and New Jersey, and one of the primary institutions that promoted it has announced its closure, but what are the real stories behind these announcements, and do they go far enough?

Tue 8/5

Go to Trans in the Tenderloin: A Story of Community Resilience

Trans in the Tenderloin: A Story of Community Resilience

Date: Tue, August 05, 2014
Time: 5:15 PM

Robyn L. Stukalin, MS, LCSW

When Marilyn, featured in the film Transgender Tuesdays, was asked about the discrimination experienced by transgender people, she replied without hesitation,“We are more discriminated against than any other people in these United States.” The 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Study found that “transgender and gender non-conforming people face rampant discrimination in every area of life: education, employment, family life, public accommodations, housing, health, police and jails and ID documents.” And things are worse for trans people of color whose pervasive experience of minority stress due to their gender identity is exacerbated by racism. What are the experiences like for those with fewer resources, like the people who live in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district? Gender specialist and psychotherapist Stukalin looks at the effect that trauma and discrimination have on the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people and at the resilience shown by members of the transgender community.