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Free Lecture: Adapting to Diversity to examine intercultural interactions

richard crisp

6 May 2015

Our societies are defined by difference and diversity. Some argue this diversity brings disharmony, others that it fosters tolerance and mutual respect.

In his free Inaugural lecture, Adapting to Diversity, Professor Richard Crisp, will discuss the psychological science that changes the parameters of this debate.

Richard, a Professor of Psychology at Aston Business School has established an international reputation in the psychology of prejudice and intergroup relations. He will show why he believes that understanding ‘the social mind’ can help promote intercultural exchange, and how, in turn, this can have benefits that extend beyond intercultural relations. This includes reducing prejudice and improving intercultural relations within organisations and businesses, while also enhancing the confidence, creativity, productivity and performance of individuals.

Professor Crisp is perhaps best known for developing the concept of ‘imagined contact’ – a mental simulation technique that models interactions between people from different cultures and groups.  As a social psychologist his current projects include developing science-based solutions to prejudice, discrimination and social conflict issues facing business, enterprise and the professions.

Richard was winner of the British Psychological Society Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge 2014. The Award is conferred to psychologists who are currently engaged in research that is judged to be of outstanding quality. In his twenty-year career, Professor Crisp has written or co-authored more than 130 articles and chapters in books, which are recognised to have made important contributions to psychologists’ understandings of social categorisation on businesses and the professions.

The Aston Inaugural, Adapting to Diversity, is free and open to all. It will be held at the Sumpner Lecture Theatre, Aston University Main Building, on Wednesday 20th May at 6.30pm. Registration with tea and coffee from 6pm with a complimentary buffet to follow the lecture.

Register your place here or for further information please contact Emma Tromans on 0121 204 4542 or email events@aston.ac.uk