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Colloquium Series: Jennifer Richeson (Yale)

April 5, 2018 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Approaching “majority-minority” America: Social psychology underlies the racial and political dynamics of our increasingly diverse nation.

Ongoing and projected demographic shifts in the racial composition of the United States have been heralded as necessitating, if not promoting, positive change in the racial dynamics of the nation. Although change in response to this growing diversity is likely, its direction and scope are less clear. In this talk, I will present emerging social-scientific research on the psychological, social, and political implications of making projected changes in the racial/ethnic demographics of the United States salient. Specifically, I will review recent empirical research examining how exposure to information that the United States is becoming a “majority-minority” nation affects racial attitudes and several political outcomes (e.g., ideology, policy preferences), and the psychological mechanisms that give rise to them, focusing primarily on the reactions of members of the current dominant racial group (i.e., White Americans). Implications of these findings for the maintenance of a multi-ethnic/racial democracy will be discussed.

For information regarding the talk contact uwcsc@googlegroups.com.

See our other events in the spring colloquium series:

David Yeager, April 19

Liz Phelps, April 26

Dedre Gentner, May 3


April 5, 2018
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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