Marion Jane Girard Lecture Series

This Lectureship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Girard in 1968, in memory of Marion Jane Girard, Mr. Girard’s mother, for the purpose of annually bringing a distinguished personage in the field of psychology, psychiatry, or mental health to Scripps College to present a lecture or a series of lectures in his or her field and to conduct seminars and discussion groups with students and faculty on the general subject matter of said lecture or lectures. It is intended that the ward of each annual Lectureship would result in the publication of a paper written by the designated Lecturer relating to the subject matter of his or her lecture and/or lectures.

For more information about the lectureship, contact Pam Rowland at (909) 607-3249.

Past Lectures

Name Speech Description
2015 Dr. Elke Weber

Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business, Professor of Management and Psychology

Earth Institute Professor at Columbia University

It’s not Easy Being Green: Understanding How and Why We Make Decisions that Impact the Environment Elke Weber is the Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business, Professor of Management and Psychology, and Earth Institute Professor at Columbia University. She is an expert on descriptive models of decision-making under uncertainty and time delay in financial and environmental contexts. At Columbia, she founded and co-directs the Center for Decision Sciences, which generates and facilitates interdisciplinary decision research relevant to the needs of real world decision makers, and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, which investigates ways of facilitating human responses to climate change and climate variability and has published a widely-used Climate Change Communications Guide. Together with Ruth Greenspan Bell, she founded and co-leads SUSSTAIN, an NSF-funded program that translates social science insights into interventions in applied settings that result in easier and better decisions about energy use.
2011 Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison Personal and Professional Perspectives on Bipolar Illness Jamison is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA, where she became a faculty member in 1975 and went on to found and direct the school’s Affective Disorders Clinic, a large teaching and research facility for outpatient treatment. Notably, she has co-authored the standard medical text on bipolar illness, Manic-Depressive Illness (1990), which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers. She was named a MacArthur Fellowship recipient in 2001. Over the course of her career, she has authored more than 125 scientific and clinical articles about mood disorders, suicide, creativity, and lithium. Her memoir, An Unquiet Mind (1995), which explores her own experience with manic depression, was a national bestseller. The Washington Post selected her most recent book, Nothing Was the Same, as one of the best books of 2009. In 2010, Jamison was conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Andrews in recognition of her life’s work.
2009 Dr. Margaret Kovera Psychology of Jury Selection… Dr. Margaret Kovera is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is President-Elect of AP-LS and Associate Editor of the Journal of Law and Human Behavior.Dr. Kovera is currently a professor at The City University of New York – John Jay College of Criminal Justice, having taught previously at Reed College and Florida International University where she was Director of the Legal Psychology PhD program. For the past decade Dr. Kovera has had continuous funding from the National Science Foundation for her research on jury decision-making and eyewitness identification. Her recent research examines how legal decision-makers evaluate scientific evidence, the effects of voir dire and jury selection on jury decisions, and the effects of double-blind lineups on the reliability of eyewitness identification.
2007 Dr. Philip Zimbardo The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil Dr. Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as the “voice and face of contemporary psychology” through his widely seen PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his best-selling trade books on shyness, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.Dr. Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now emeritus), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. Dr. Zimbardo has been President of the Western Psychological Association, President of the American Psychological Association, Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, and now Chair of the Western Psychological Foundation, as well as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism. Dr. Zimbardo has been given numerous awards and honors. Most recently he was awarded the Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition. His popular book on shyness in adults was the first of its kind, as was the shyness clinic that he started in the community. His newest trade book, to be published this month, examines the psychology of evil with the provocative title: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.
2005 Janet Helms

Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College

How Racial Identity and Other Racial Constructs Explain the Test-Score Achievement Gap Janet E. Helms is the Augustus Long Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. She is the past president of the Society of Counseling Psychology and is a Fellow in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and Division 45 (Ethnic Diversity) of APA. In addition, she is a member of the Association of Black Psychologists.Dr. Helms serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Psychological Assessment and the Journal of Counseling Psychology and is on the Counsel of Research Elders of the Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. She has written over sixty empirical and theoretical articles and four books on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice.
2002 Dr. Robert J. Sternberg

President-Elect of the American Psychological Association

Author of Successful Intelligence: How Practical and Creative Intelligence Determine Success in Life

Successful Intelligence: Why IQ, SAT Scores, and the Whole Alphabet Soup are not Enough
2000 Robert Jay Lifton, M.D. Ultimate Zealotry, Ultimate Weapons: The Case of Aum Shinrikyo Robert J. Lifton, M.D. is a psychohistorian and award-winning writer on issues of genocide and Nazi doctors who killed in the name of healing. He is one of the founders of the new field of psychohistory, in which he explores the relationship between individual psychology and historical change and problems surrounding the extreme historical situations of modern times.
1999 Marian C. Diamond

Professor of Anatomy, UC Berkeley

Environmental Influences on the Brain Professor Diamond’s discovery that the brain continues to develop at any age with proper stimulation has revolutionized thinking about aging. An equally significant finding of Diamond’s is that female and male brains are structured differently. Her presentation will concentrate on the cerebral cortex, the most highly evolved mass of protoplasm on earth. In her lecture, she will cover some of the many factors that affect the brain’s structure and functions, such as development and aging, enriched and impoverished experiences, sex differences, stress, over-stimulation, rehabilitation, and the immune system.
1998 Elizabeth Loftus

Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington in Seattle

Misfortunes of Memory Dr. Loftus is the author of 18 books and over 250 scientific articles. Her fourth book, Eyewitness Testimony, won a National Media Award (Distinguished Contribution) from the American Psychology Foundation. Her most recent book, The Myth of Repressed Testimony, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1994. “The Truth About False Memories, Why we can remember events that never happened” was published in a Scientific American, September 1997.